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Injured Cavani misses out as Solskjaer opts for Martial over Greenwood in attack

Having been leapfrogged by Leicester City earlier in the day, Manchester United will attempt to go back to second in the Premier League table at Old Trafford this evening.

A win over visitors Newcastle United will do just that and keep league leaders Manchester City within ten points’ reach, following a win for Pep Guardiola’s troops in the late-afternoon kick-off.

The last of four Premier League matches to take place on Sunday gets underway at 19:00 GMT.

Daniel James (£6.2m) and Nemanja Matic (£4.7m) are brought into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI tonight.

Both of the United manager’s changes from Gameweek 25 are enforced, with Edinson Cavani (£7.9m) and Scott McTominay (£4.9m) missing through injury.

Mason Greenwood (£7.0m) is again only among the substitutes, with Anthony Martial (£8.7m) preferred up front.

Steve Bruce has made just the one change to the Newcastle side that lost at Chelsea last Monday as Joelinton (£5.7m) replaces Dwight Gayle (£5.9m) in attack.

Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) is the second-most-popular captaincy pick of Double Gameweek 25 overall and within the top 10k, trailing Patrick Bamford (£6.9m) in both instances.

Selected by the vast majority of the top 10,000, Fernandes’ effective ownership is, once again, in excess of 100% – so any return means a small red arrow for those who own the Portuguese midfielder but haven’t captained him.

LINE-UPS

Newcastle United XI: Darlow, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Willock, Hayden, Shelvey, Joelinton, Almiron, Saint-Maximin.

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Fred, James, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial.

DOUBLE GAMEWEEK 25 SO FAR…

Ilkay Gundogan (£6.1m) made a swift return from injury at the Emirates this afternoon but couldn’t add to his season’s goal tally of 11.

The German started and finished the game in his now customary ‘number eight’ role but he, and City as a collective, never really clicked in an attacking sense in north London.

Not that Pep Guardiola’s side really needed to get out of second gear, with Arsenal failing to capitalise on some threatening positions in the final third and mustering only one shot on target in the entire game.

This was City’s 15th clean sheet of the season and their 13th in the last 16 Gameweeks.

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) made his first start on his return from injury as a ‘false nine’ and provided some typically incisive through-balls, while the advanced Joao Cancelo (£6.1m) again saw plenty of penalty-box action and wasted a glorious chance to double City’s lead when toe-poking wide from 10 yards.

Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) was the visitors’ match-winner, nodding home Riyad Mahrez‘s (£8.1m) second-minute cross for his 13th attacking return in his last 14 league starts.

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2,309 Comments Post a Comment
  1. michaelington
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Almiron needs the hairdressers to open again. Those eye brows need a trim.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      He's pretty good on the pitch

  2. fedolefan
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Woohoo wipe them cleans

  3. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Whelp that is the nail in the coffin for WC teams

    1. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Why’s that?

      1. PLerix
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Because a couple of them have Shaw in them.

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Lots of United def came in, 150k on Shaw alone. Many started against NEW, the Leeds, chelsea, sou defs also failing

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Harvey Barnes laughs at you

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Stones is laughing at me from the bench for Shaw

  4. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Yesss

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Absolutely beautiful CS bust.

  6. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    I hate owning AWB

    1. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      this

  7. UNDERWORLD7
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Injecting my Shaw cleanie gone

  8. onceuponatyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Not bad from NUFC without a striker on the pitch.
    Joelinton may as well not exist.

  9. Zilla
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Maguire assisting on both ends.

  10. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Bruno involved in pushing

  11. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Holy moly I never thought Newcastle would score tonight. Really thought that clean sheet was locked in 😀

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      You obviously haven’t been watching

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Oh I have. I was setting up the clean sheet jinx earlier 😉

  12. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Bruno yellow

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Not showing on app?

  13. The Mighty Hippo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    How did KDB look in the earlier game today? Is he a viable alternative to Salah, or will he need a bit of time to return to his best?

    1. Says
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      rusty

  14. Wild Rover
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Lol at Almiron’s girly slaps 😀

  15. JBG
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Lucky Maguire owners, 2 assists.

  16. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Hayden captained Bamford...

  17. Fred54
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Maguire 2nd assist not added?

    1. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Loading

  18. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Best move here?

    A Antonio Ings Son -> Kane DCL Barnes -8
    B Antonio Ings -> Kane Watkins -4

    Martinez
    Cancelo Stones Shaw
    Salah Bruno Gundogan Son Raph
    Ings Bamford

    Pope Antonio Coufal Dallas

    1. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      What's your plan for 29?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        FTs to get 8 or 9

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Ings & Raphinha > Kane & Barnes possibly?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Just short mate

  19. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Dcl a must have next dgw?

    Have Kane, Watkins and Bamford.

    Means losing bamford with lot of, when he has a reasonable fix as well and gw29...

    1. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Lot of value

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      As soon as someone becomes a must have on this site, they tank.

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Look how many goals Bamford scored in reverse match!

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Same as 'must have' Kane

  20. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Saint Maximum punishment.

  21. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    I hope this GW is the calm before the storm for GW26, been a stinker

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      If you don't follow the crowd it tends to work out better.

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Leeds Southampton won't disappoint

  22. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    How can you concede to Newcastle. Happy to have some points from Maguire but can never get the big double digit return

  23. Horlicks esq.
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Any issues? WC played. It'll go to the wire if I finish with Salah > KDB and Gundo > 6.7m

    Martinez

    Dias / Stones / Targett

    Salah / Barnes / Gundo / Son / Bruno

    Kane (c) / Watkins

    4 bench players for GW29

  24. Says
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Almiron can't be more than 14 years old right?

  25. AMBELLINA PRISE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 25 days ago

    First time in 8 years of FPL that NONE of my 11 players returned. NONE!

    1. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      No City def? Your own fault then.

      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Benched Cancelo because I thought he would be benched or cameo

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Unlucky, chap!

    3. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Thats lucky,had few 20 pointers

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      You must have DGW player(s) left.

      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I do but still....11 players have played and not a fooking one returned a single assist or cs

    5. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I had three deliver. All subbed.

    6. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Surely you have a Leeds player

      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I have 3 of them. They still haven't returned anything in the first game.

  26. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    If Bruno got a RC tonight, may help a lot on making decisions for dgw26

  27. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Cmon Bruno one more yellow before DGW

  28. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Bruno, wtf????

  29. Fred54
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Bruno YC can't believe that's not got a whole page to itself. So civil here these days.