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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. tbos83
      2 months, 2 days ago

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

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 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
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Are you crying?

    • Duane Dibley
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

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

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Hahah, genuinely made me laugh that.

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 2 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
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Practicing his dive while warming up.

      2. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

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

    • Shark
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Benteke adding some comedy value!

    • GGMU
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Greenwood has regressed this year

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

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

    • Hooky
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

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

      1. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I called them Werther's Originals elsewhere...

    • Kaneyonero
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Over the century mark at least

      1. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

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

      2. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Include the hit 🙂

      3. ILOVEBAPS
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Not so subtle brag

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

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

      6. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Watching the cricket instead? Don’t blame ya

    • LiamK17
        2 months, 2 days ago

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

      • JBG
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

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

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 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
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          You're on fire tonight.

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

          Ban

        3. Hy liverpool
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Lol
          If they score, you need to hide.

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

            Enjoy this before the pen until tomorrow’s disaster 😆

            1. Hy liverpool
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

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

        4. Dthinger
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 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
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Defending the title isn’t for everyone.

        6. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Lol

        7. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Kane

      • Alan The Llama
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 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
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Or Fernandes for diving

      • Londongeezaa
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

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

      • Hooky
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

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

      • Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

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

      • Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        United players should be ashamed of themselves

      • Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Can anyone see what's going on?

        1. Fred54
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Unfortunately yes.

        2. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          unfortunately yes

        3. GGMU
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          not missing anything

        4. Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Yes. Nothing

        5. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Jealous of Stevie Wonder atm.

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            😀

        6. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

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

          1. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            I wondered when this reference would be made.

      • TheBiffas
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Fernandes 30-yard screamer and penalty incoming

          1. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Yellow card more likely.

            1. TheBiffas
                2 months, 2 days ago

                You're missing the point

          2. LiamK17
              2 months, 2 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
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  8k* - 8m would he quite a week

                  1. Keeptrying
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    lmao. was just about to say.

                • TheDragon
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

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

                • Mr. O'Connell
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

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

                  1. LiamK17
                      2 months, 2 days ago

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

                • Van der Faart
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  United penalty bingo. I'm going for 83 minutes

                  1. LiamK17
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      Too early - 88min

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

                      I’ll take 90+1

                    • Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      FT + 2

                    • Hulk Smash
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      After full time again, that was fun.

                    • Make United Great Again
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      84’ & 91’

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

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

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

                        Mili is on

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

                    When does bake off start again?

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

                      After they get done playing pattycake here

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

                    Fred Dgw fail

                    1. Fred54
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      70 -8 thank you very much.

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

                        LOL you’re a failure Fred!

                  4. Hulk Smash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 2 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.

                  5. Duke Silver ☑
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    McTominay on for Fred. Game-changer 😆

                    1. Fred54
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      Tommy sauce makes everything better.

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

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

                  6. 03farmboy
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Lingard or Raphinha ??

                    1. JBG
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      Think I'm going for Lingardinho

                  7. Mr. O'Connell
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 2 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.

                  8. Threat Level Midnight
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    "We suck again"--Rob Schneider

                  9. Homer21
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Zebras in the mist

                    1. threeputt
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      nice......

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

                        Lol

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

                        Don’t press send bro

                  10. threeputt
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    That Palace guy in midfield is Eze on the eye

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

                      Is his mum Eze too?