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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. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    pen united

  2. Zilla
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Bruno pen incoming

  3. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Bruno pen time

  4. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Seems rival had captaincy right again. Not me.

  5. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    you'd think defenders just wouldn't make challenges like that against United

  6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    bruno goal incoming, never misses

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Darlow save incoming

  7. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Ohh fo Bruno,invisible again and will haul

    1. tuturututu
        1 month, 23 days ago

        True

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Crap...

    3. tbos83
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Man u pen

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        OMG Bruno

      • brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Goalllll Bruno get in there.

      • Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Bruno cappers win again

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Who won it ?

      • Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Penandes

      • JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        When Rashford does it’s a great piece of skill, when Salah does it he’s a cheater

      • sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        😀 What was that Darlow?!!!

      • Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Bruno is going to score more than Bamford isn’t he

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        GET IN!

      • Dannyb
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Tc Bruno locked in.

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        How many pens do United get per season?

        20?

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Was that not a penalty?

      • Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        No good unless captain.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Playing for points not rank 😉

        2. Big_Andy_GAWA
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Depends on rivals in your ML's, surely...!? 🙂

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Pen

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        that dive from darlow 😆

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Almost as good as Rashfords

      • STEP rOVERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Brunnnnnno

      • King Carlos
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        BRUUUUUUUUUNOOOOOIOIIOO

      • dansmusen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Bruno my CAPITANO

      • The Senate
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        can't believe I captained a posh lad over the best player in the league just because he had two matches, what a casual I am

        1. Totalfootball
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Same

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Only 30% there, still 70% left

      • Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Who won it

        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          rash

          1. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Niceeee

        2. Dannyb
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Rash

        3. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          This? Anyone?

        4. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Rash

      • Totalfootball
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Any bruno captainers ?

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        WTF is that dive from Darlow