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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. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 19 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) J Lingz (LEE)
    B) DCL (che)
    C) Bruno (mci)

    1. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      DCL

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      C ...

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      C

    4. adam wigan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      DCL. I know United don’t perform well against big 6, but Bruno still has penalties

  2. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 19 days ago

    Pretty disappointing night of football in all aspects thus far.

  3. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 19 days ago

    Any chance of some points?

    1. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      In 3 minutes there will be 10 clean sheets rolling in.

  4. Drumandbaines123
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 19 days ago

    The fog is making me feel like I'm losing my sight watching this now...

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Probably for the best

    2. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Probably better off.

    3. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      It's like the good old days watching the match in a smoke filled pub

    4. Bruce Lee
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Probably better off

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 19 days ago

    Title slipping away from the January champions.

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      You're struggling for top 4... calma

    2. Big Mac 24
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Brilliant

    3. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Haha

    4. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      And let's talk about where Liverpool are...

    5. fedolefan
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      How many January championships in their locker?

    6. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Have fun in the Europa mate

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 19 days ago

        United are playing there atm?

    7. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Congrats, you got a few bites there

  6. Bruce Lee
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 19 days ago

    Lads is it now time to get Isaac Success in?

  7. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 19 days ago

    Alway Fred

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Hiya!

  8. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 19 days ago

    Mili range.

  9. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 19 days ago

    Worst triple captains in history?

    Bruno
    Sane
    Mane
    Andy Carroll

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Sane

    2. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      It'd be quicker to look through my history.

    3. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Kane been there done that

    4. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Kane vs Cardiff springs to mind

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 19 days ago

        That was bad missed one game & 1 point in the second!

    5. Bruce Lee
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      KDB vs Newcastle this season

      Watch the highlights... massive haul fail

    6. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Also Duffy

    7. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Some of those just unlucky. People TCing a brighton defender was strange.

    8. djman102
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Bruno is currently outscoring my 3 previous TCs combined (Kane, Sane, Mane), so I wouldn't consider that the worst.

    9. Bobby
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Surely it's mane given he was injured after about 18 minutes and the other half of fpl had triple captained mo for a jammy brace at the same time

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 19 days ago

        This was the true moment I lost all hope with FPL

      2. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 19 days ago

        That was the best week ever

    10. Alan The Llama
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Negredo

      1. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 19 days ago

        Careful, isn't that what Cavani said?

  10. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 19 days ago

    Even the weather is fed up with this game.

  11. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 19 days ago

    United so poor tonight.

    1. Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Have been for nearly 3 games now

  12. Make United Great Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 19 days ago

    We miss Pogba.

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Yeah but look at the front 4. It shouldn't be difficult to create chances without him. You wouldn't believe we were the top scorers in th league.

  13. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 19 days ago

    Kane TC could turn out to be a pretty great shout if he puts his big boy pants on tomorrow night. What an underwhelming DGW ...

  14. LiamK17
      7 months, 19 days ago

      Best 7.8m? With 29 in mind?

      1. Dthinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 19 days ago

        what position?

        1. LiamK17
            7 months, 19 days ago

            Sorry Midfielder*

      2. barton fc
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 19 days ago

        What to do with this lot?
        Martinez (sanchez)
        Cancelo stones dallas (shaw white)
        Salah Fernandes gundog raphinha (Barnes)
        Kane DCL Watkins

        A) Barnes > lingard
        B) Fernandes > son
        C) bank

        1. DycheDycheBaby
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 19 days ago

          C

          1. DycheDycheBaby
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 19 days ago

            Though I am considering B lol

            1. barton fc
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 19 days ago

              Same, would be tempted to bench bruno if i got jesse in could sell salah instead as I've got less value in him

              1. DycheDycheBaby
                • 6 Years
                7 months, 19 days ago

                Yeh I have loads of value in Bruno so that's the main issue for me

                1. barton fc
                  • 3 Years
                  7 months, 19 days ago

                  Gone none in salah but think ill give him Fulham

      3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 19 days ago

        This is so bad. Everyone’s giving the ball away

      4. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 19 days ago

        Bruno 60. Clean sheet banked.

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 19 days ago

          6 points isn’t the worst DGW blank. In fact it’s in my top half of captain scores this season

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 19 days ago

            Yeah, the 18 probably won't actually look too bad next to his name. He's owed a booking in this match tho tbf.

      5. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 19 days ago

        Could Palace sneak a 1-0 here I wonder ....?

      6. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 19 days ago

        At 3% ownership a Maguire goal would be amazing. I’ll settle for the cs though

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 19 days ago

          Stuff of dreams

          1. Wild Rover
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 19 days ago

            3 baps would be amazing

      7. Old Bull
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 19 days ago

        Hoping Palace will score

      8. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 19 days ago

        3 - Bailly, Maguire (25)
        1 - Wan-Bissaka, Ward (23)

        van Aanholt (22)
        Guaita (21)
        Shaw (21)

        1. Egg noodle
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 19 days ago

          Booo

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 19 days ago

            bies

        2. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 19 days ago

          It's come to something on a massive DGW when you're dying for a AWB bonus point.

          1. Fred54
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 19 days ago

            You got two CS out of him, have some perspective.

            1. Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              7 months, 19 days ago

              Kinda my point. In a team with Dias, Stones, Gundo, Salah, Bruno TC, Barnes, DCL, Kane etc my best return looks likely to be a defender with no attacking threat. I'll take it but my God it's uninteresting and disappointing.

      9. Kaneyonero
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 19 days ago

        Cmon rash give us some points

      10. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 19 days ago

        Nees some Shaw crosses for BAPS

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 19 days ago

          Or concede a goal

      11. LiamK17
          7 months, 19 days ago

          Watching Fred play football makes me wanna quit the sport and take up netball

          1. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 19 days ago

            Do it. You can master it in 3 minutes.

          2. Hooky
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 19 days ago

            Pivot, pivot

          3. Fred54
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 19 days ago

            🙁

        • teneighty
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 19 days ago

          On a positive note, 18 point TC is a lot better than my last 3 tries.

          1. Bruce Lee
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 19 days ago

            I got 9 pts 🙂

        • _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 19 days ago

          tekkers, great technique in the box.

          1. JBG
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 19 days ago

            They don't call him Bentekkers for nothing.

        • Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 19 days ago

          What would you do for GW27:

          A) Bruno --> Bale
          B) DCL --> Antonio
          C) save FT

          Obviously won't make any changes until late Friday / or even Saturday morning.
          Thanks in advance!

          1. xHaTr
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 19 days ago

            C

            You dont want to sell DCL cos he might have a decent double in 28

            1. Keeptrying
              • 7 Years
              7 months, 19 days ago

              Thanks!

          2. Sterling Malory
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 19 days ago

            A, definitely A.

            1. Sterling Malory
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              7 months, 19 days ago

              But seriously, don't do A.

              Save FT.

        • DycheDycheBaby
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 19 days ago

          Do we think Spurs are more likely to carve open this Palace defence than United?

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 19 days ago

            Yes

            1. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              7 months, 19 days ago

              Bale Kane Son are better than Rashford Cavani Greenwood.

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 19 days ago

            Nope

          3. Bobby
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 19 days ago

            Roy is quite good against the top teams. Sets up his team like its the last stand.

        • tbos83
            7 months, 19 days ago

            Did Benteke just shoot backwards?

          • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 19 days ago

            Ole looks impressed. Might have found another defender

            Excellent clearance there by benteke