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Cavani back in United XI as Solskjaer explains absence of Martial and de Gea

After drawing a blank in the goalless draw with Chelsea at the weekend, Fantasy Premier League’s leading points-scorer and most-owned player will attempt to resume normal service at Selhurst Park.

Bruno Fernandes’ (£11.6m) sub-par record against the ‘big six’ is well documented but his output against the rest of the division is exemplary, with 26 attacking returns in 19 such games this season.

The Portugal international unsurprisingly is involved from the start against Crystal Palace this evening but there are one or two eyebrow-raising selections in Ole Gunnar Solskaer’s starting XI, most notably between the posts.

David de Gea (£5.3m) isn’t involved in the visitors’ matchday squad at all as Dean Henderson (£5.2m)makes just his third start of the season.

Anthony Martial (£8.7m) is also missing, with Solskjaer explaining ahead of kick-off:

Anthony got a knock in training on Monday in his knee, not ready for this, hopefully for the weekend but we’re not sure yet.

That’s personal reasons [why de Gea isn’t involved].

Edinson Cavani (£7.9m) returns from injury to lead the line, with Eric Bailly (£4.8m) and Nemanja Matic (£4.7m) also recalled.

Making way are Daniel James (£6.2m), Victor Lindelof (£4.8m) and Scott McTominay (£4.9m).

Crystal Palace make just the one change from their goalless draw with Fulham at the weekend.

James McCarthy (£4.3m) replaces Jairo Riedewald (£4.4m) in the engine room, while Connor Wickham (£4.4m) and Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.3m) returning from lengthy lay-offs on the bench.

Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m) isn’t involved despite a recent comeback to training.


Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, Cahill, Kouyate, van Aanholt, McCarthy, Milivojevic, Ayew, Eze, Townsend, Benteke.

Manchester United XI: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Matic, Bruno, Rashford, Cavani, Greenwood

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1,303 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Shaw struggling to put weight on his ankle, not ideal.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      United can't live with real men.

  2. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Manchester United haters:

    "Penandes sucks, he only scores goals from penalties".

    Also Manchester United haters:

    "Manchester United suck, Bruno carrying the whole team".

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      He's a great player ; like a lot of them he's looked poor recently because he's playing too much.

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      The facts state that over half of Bruno’s goals are pens. The facts state that Bruno is United’s best player. Get your facts straight

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Pogba is United’s best player.

        1. GGMU
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          most talented maybe, best not at all

    3. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Who cares

    4. Parsnips
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Turns into a Portuguese Jorginho against the big 6.

      • Ruinenlust
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        The two don’t contradict?

      • Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I believe what you just described is confirmation bias. People who do not like something or someone will always look for reasons to say 'ahah see!'. Ignoring any positives as it does not suit their narrative.

    5. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Ah balls to it I’m going to cheer on some Bruno points despite not captaining! He’s taken up a precious spot in the WC team afterall

    6. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      So the biggest double gameweek of all time turned out to be the biggest disappointment of all time.

      Very 2020/21.

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I don't mind mind a low score as long as everyone else's is lower.

        Sadly not the case 🙁

      2. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Is it that massive a disappointment? Still 3 games left plus this one.

        Sat on 80(-8) here with Bruno Salah Kane(TC) Son Digne DCL here so maybe we have different fortunes. Barnes owner?

      3. estheblessed
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        What score u got fella?

    7. Milkman Bruno
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Oh Harry our captain

      • Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Shaw is seriously chubby!

        1. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Having a great season though

          • moment
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            The dazzle camo is not flattering to the barrel-chested

          • how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            He's no Ailton.

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Amazing start for Maguire, showing his worth to Palace.

        3. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Benteke close 😀

        4. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Cmon tekkerz

        5. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Maguire is so poor.

          1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            £75Million - crazy

            1. badgerboy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              His friends call him Eezer and he is the main geezer..

              1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                🙂

        6. Parsnips
            1 month, 12 days ago

            On 67 with tc Kane and others to play. On a 1k green arrow, I’ll take it so far. But this gameweek has been awful so far. Hopefully we get some goals or even an assist from Kane I’ll take and another Everton clean sheet.

          • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Score checks? Hearing lots say how awful a week it’s been but I didn’t think it’s been horrendous at this point other than City not doing amazing

            1. Bubz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              78

            2. how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              If you're not moaning, then I can guarantee you are doing ok!!

            3. djman102
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              61. 5 to play (2 current, including TC Bruno)

            4. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Under 100 = awful

              1. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                awful then

              2. My heart goes Salalalalah
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Winning

            5. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Net 65

            6. Kaneyonero
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              95 (-24)

              1. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Congrats on a -24. Love to see someone having fun.

            7. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 12 days ago

              It ain't over till its over. Where the humble braggers at?

            8. ALI_G
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              81

              Bruno, Salah, Kane TC, Son left

            9. Threat Level Midnight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              79 with 6 and captain to go

            10. Vamos Los Celeste
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              109 -8 atm

            11. Dthinger
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              97(-4) with Bruno, AWB, Son(c), Johnstone, Robertson, Salah Jorginho still to play.

              So, yeah, not too bad.

            12. Richarlidad
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              86 (-8) with a BB

              Kane(c), Richarlison, M.Pereira, Bruno, Digne, Aurier, & Shaw to go

            13. Milkman Bruno
                1 month, 12 days ago

                I had a gw rank of 5.7m before today’s games... so yeah

              • Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                64

              • bluee
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                107 with 6 to play (BB kane captain)

              • Lord_Trumpington
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                86

              • Catastrophe
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                108 (-8)

                Shaw, Fernandes, Son, Keane, Kane(c) to go. BB though (21 points)

                1. Catastrophe
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  And the DCL.

            14. aborg
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Unbelievable. I got in DeGea purposely for the DGW fixture as one of my strongest BB player.
              I can’t believe he has been left out from this game...ruined my BB and WC that I used last week.

              1. BeaversWithAttitude
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Right there with you, buddy! Can't even depend on a keeper to get two games in!

                1. aborg
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Exactly dude....not even being able to have a keeper guaranteed to play both games in a DGW is saying something!

                  Have you BB too? How are you doing?

                  1. BeaversWithAttitude
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    I have Dunk on the bench for my BB, so I was majorly peeved that his goal was disallowed by that confused nitwit Lee Mason. Plus Raphinha blanked. Still, 76 and counting ain't bad.

            15. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Who had Lindelof lucky deflection on their lotto card?

            16. Richarlidad
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              86 (-8) with a BB.

              Kane(c), Richarlison, M.Pereira, Bruno, Digne, Aurier, & Shaw to go

              1. Richarlidad
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Reply fail.

            17. JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Would’ve most likely got 2pts. 2 pts ruins your BB and WC?

            18. Milkman Bruno
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Rashford misses for a Shaw assist

              • Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Shaw xA

              • Make United Great Again
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Rashford close. Would have been a Shaw assist

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  That is an absolute sitter. CLOSE? Massive miss.

              • Kaneyonero
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Ffs that would've been perfect

              • pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Guaita is a top keeper

                He and Cahill both on frees was remarkable business.

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  He's really not. He's a decent shot stopper.

                  1. pingissimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    If you say so 🙂

                2. estheblessed
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  He's a poor All round keeper. But a good shot stopper. Hes got some serious errors in him.

              • REDMOND IN SANDALS
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  shaw 15 pointer wasted

                • Duke Silver ☑
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  It's great to see how well Shaw has recovered from that leg break. In the form of his life atm.

                  1. Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    He’s quality!

                    Has to be England’s starter.

                  2. how now brown cow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    That's true. I'm no united fan but he's done incredibly well to nail that spot and flourish.

                  3. Bushwhacker
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Needs to move to a bigger club.

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

                    Good player but rumours of a poor attitude and when things start to go wrong his attitude goes with it

                  5. Ode
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    That was 6 years ago though

                • HonestBlatter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  What i thought was once in a lifetime Bench Boost it brought me huge 15 points.

                  1. aborg
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Not far off from me mate. I brought in DeGea on WC specifically to BB for this DGW and still can’t believe that he is not playing this game.
                    Can’t even rely on a goalie for a DGW ! What a heck of a season is this?!

                • LewisKitesurf
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    56 with Kane (c) DCL , Digne, Pereira (WB) and Fernandes to play. Nice bench of Johnson / Bartley / el mohamedy and smith row with collective total of 33! ****

                    1. FPL Pillars
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Nice BB

                      1. LewisKitesurf
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Yeah if I played it but I’m on WC

                    2. BeaversWithAttitude
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Just hearing de Gea took the night off for personal reasons, d'oh! One match from two for de Gea, Davies, Stones, Barnes, Sterling... and the week's not done yet, possible more? I ask you!

                    3. Milkman Bruno
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Now Fernandes miss kick for Shaw assist

                      • bluee
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Bench Watkins or Raphinha for 27?

                        1. FPL Pillars
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          If Grea is out Watkins can sit. Raph to play!

                      • Watermelons
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        A goal! a goal! my kingdom for a Fernandes goal!

                      • Bushwhacker
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Shaw should go to a team that can shoot.

                        1. Threat Level Midnight
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          What team you reckon

                          1. Bushwhacker
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            City. Go to a big club,