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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. tbos83
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Didn't think Guiata would turn out to be my strongest player this week

  2. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Next season I’m getting a random number generator 1-38. Getting my brother to see the result then on that GW tell me I have to TC.

    It’s just so much luck. Why try to be clever. I’ve not got a double digit return from a TC in 6 seasons

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Are you crying?

  3. Duane Dibley
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Beautiful effort by Benteke there, got the touch of a geriatric buffalo having an epileptic fit that lad

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Hahah, genuinely made me laugh that.

  4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    You realise how bad United have been when James has been their best player last few weeks

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Practicing his dive while warming up.

    2. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      One Bruno penalty and I bet they'll be worshipping him for 30 minutes in the post game coverage.

  5. Shark
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Benteke adding some comedy value!

  6. GGMU
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Greenwood has regressed this year

  7. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Why do I waste my time watching all these awful, dreadful games!

  8. Hooky
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    This Palace team is just old and boring. Woy has moulded them into himself

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      I called them Werther's Originals elsewhere...

  9. Kaneyonero
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Over the century mark at least

    1. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Me too. Now just need to get across the million mark! xD

    2. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Include the hit 🙂

    3. ILOVEBAPS
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Not so subtle brag

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Need 6 from Son and Mo tomorrow here

      Touch and go given Liverpool defence. Now expecting a 99. Was on 68 at half way stage with 12 to play.

    5. Dthinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      102 (after subtracting my hit) feels pretty good with my captain still to play tomorrow.

    6. FPL Pillars
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Watching the cricket instead? Don’t blame ya

  10. LiamK17
    7 months, 28 days ago

    19/20 Mane TC - 1pt (3)
    20/21 Salah TC - 4pt (12)
    21/22 ? Upward trajectory

  11. JBG
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Matić took about 17 touches before shooting and still couldn't steady the ball like he wanted to.

  12. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    United really missing a top class forward like Martial here to go and win the game with pure desire.

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      You're on fire tonight.

    2. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Ban

    3. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Lol
      If they score, you need to hide.

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 28 days ago

        Enjoy this before the pen until tomorrow’s disaster 😆

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 28 days ago

          I have a feeling that that.. We are going to win.

    4. Dthinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      if you mean pure desire to go down for a soft penalty, then I think you're actually correct.

    5. Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Defending the title isn’t for everyone.

    6. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Lol

    7. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Kane

  13. Alan The Llama
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    I'd red card the next Palace player who screams, hits the deck and then bounces back up when they realise a foul hasn't been given.

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Or Fernandes for diving

  14. Londongeezaa
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    If the fog intensified to the point we could no longer see any of the players, would anyone actually care?

  15. Hooky
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    How long until the penalty? I think it'll be the 86th minute

  16. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Very tight race for defender baps - hoping Obi Wan-B can sneak one or two

  17. Make United Great Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    United players should be ashamed of themselves

  18. Homer21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Can anyone see what's going on?

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Unfortunately yes.

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      unfortunately yes

    3. GGMU
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      not missing anything

    4. Van der Faart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Yes. Nothing

    5. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Jealous of Stevie Wonder atm.

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 28 days ago

        😀

    6. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Utd will change their shirts in a second as they can’t see each other.

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 28 days ago

        I wondered when this reference would be made.

  19. TheBiffas
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Fernandes 30-yard screamer and penalty incoming

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Yellow card more likely.

      1. TheBiffas
        7 months, 28 days ago

        You're missing the point

  20. LiamK17
    7 months, 28 days ago

    I’m having an pretty good week (currently gone from 18k to 8m) but I know one Hareth Kane goal will completely destroy me

    1-1 please - son and maja

    1. LiamK17
      7 months, 28 days ago

      8k* - 8m would he quite a week

      1. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 28 days ago

        lmao. was just about to say.

    2. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      18k -> 8m is a pretty brutal week!

    3. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      That sounds like a horrific week? Did you forget to confirm the wildcard with a -3096 point hit?

      1. LiamK17
        7 months, 28 days ago

        Was deciding between Digne and Periera and changed my mind 400 times

  21. Van der Faart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    United penalty bingo. I'm going for 83 minutes

    1. LiamK17
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Too early - 88min

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      I’ll take 90+1

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      FT + 2

    4. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      After full time again, that was fun.

    5. Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      84’ & 91’

    6. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Nah, the way this weeks going, Palace penalty incoming more like ... hopefully.

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 28 days ago

        Mili is on

  22. Hooky
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    When does bake off start again?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      After they get done playing pattycake here

  23. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Fred Dgw fail

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      70 -8 thank you very much.

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 28 days ago

        LOL you’re a failure Fred!

  24. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    United don't start playing until they concede. Woy's strategy of not attacking at all ever is therefore genius and guarantees a point.

  25. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    McTominay on for Fred. Game-changer 😆

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Tommy sauce makes everything better.

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      What did tuchel call him the other day? McDuck or something, clearly had no idea who he was

  26. 03farmboy
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Lingard or Raphinha ??

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Think I'm going for Lingardinho

  27. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    I wish I hadn't watched that Brighton Palace game the other night. Pretty much made my mind up to stick the TC on Bruno.

  28. Threat Level Midnight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    "We suck again"--Rob Schneider

  29. Homer21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Zebras in the mist

    1. threeputt
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      nice......

    2. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      I was trying to make a Gorillas reference but didn't want to get banned.

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 28 days ago

        Lol

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 28 days ago

        Don’t press send bro

  30. threeputt
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    That Palace guy in midfield is Eze on the eye

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Is his mum Eze too?