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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. Bounce
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 17 days ago

    19 green arrows is a row... I'm f***ing unstoppable!!!

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Wow.. Well done

    2. DK_13
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Started at 6 mil?

      1. Bounce
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 17 days ago

        2.3m

        1. DK_13
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Well done then. Where are you now?

          1. Bounce
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 17 days ago

            34k

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      that’s one hellava bounce

    4. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      That's crazy! Link your team!

    5. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Where are you now?

  2. JBG
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    What the actual f**k.... Needs a goal and takes out Cavani.

    1. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      PE teacher

  3. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Bruno ‘Deserved Ballon D’or Winner Fernandes.

  4. Hooky
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Man City might not need to win another game this season to claim the title

    1. Dirty Harry
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Wonder how that might impact City assets in FPL?

      1. Hooky
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Knowing Pep he'd probably start playing the same 11 every game

    2. Yank Revolution
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      They've already won it.

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Shaw’s delivery again...

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      *chefs kiss*

      Shame he's feeding toddlers.

    2. JBG
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      James awful header.

  6. The Senate
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Shaw's got to have some ridiculous xA tonight

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Nothing for that as James missed the ball, robbed!

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Can’t believe Telles doesn’t get more games

  7. aborg
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    So hear this guys....when I first looked at the lineup for the Man Utd game, I was so over the moon that Shaw was in the starting lineup that I did not even bother to check the goalie until I heard the commentator mention Henderson ! I was like WTF?!

    Who would have thought that even DeGea was going to miss out on one of these games?! BB fail for me !

  8. Wild Rover
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    The wishy washy picture is perfect for the wishy washy game. Crap

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Nah mate, shouldn't have brought a Somy Tv.

      1. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Good guess, but I switched to Samsung years ago, and then to LG for the last few

        1. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          LG CX The only television worth owning

          1. Wild Rover
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Really no competition budget allowing. LG have lead the way for years now

            1. Threat Level Midnight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Agreed mate. Just got the 77" set a few weeks back and it is astonishing.

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                Samsung only for me, they never stop working; still have a 70” plasma from like 15 years ago

                1. Wild Rover
                  • 11 Years
                  6 months, 17 days ago

                  You are missing out

    2. The Senate
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      it's close to being a game that doesn't mean anything. United won't finish anywhere other than 2nd and there's too many teams worse than palace for them to be truly concerned

  9. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    What the fog

  10. Esalman
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Every dgw (C) I picked so far failed to return fml.

  11. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Football this year is just crap all round.

  12. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    If anybody facies doing something that is comparable to sticking pins in your eyes, I can recommend watching a football match involving Crystal Palace.

  13. LiamK17
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Best 7.8m midfielder? Not including Gundogan

    1. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Do they have to be exactly £7.8m?

      1. LiamK17
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Well Bruno + DCL out for Kane and 7.8m > m - can be a value pick but that’s the budget

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          On form and points per game its Lingard.

          But the powers that be say on fixtures no!

        2. Hooky
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Lingard, Jota?

    2. Dthinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      probably Grealish but who knows when he'll be back?

    3. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Barnes, Maddison, Grealish all injured... probably Lingard or Raphinha.

  14. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Greenwood sitter. Ruins Bruno assist.

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      He hasn't hit the target for 6 years, I swear

  15. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Bruno crying for a pen

  16. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    When was the last time there was a decent game in the best league in the world

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Man City v Wolves started and ended well after the first half lull.

    2. Rashers
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Just chatting mates in a WhatsApp group about that. All in agrreance.

      Its been very poor for a while.

  17. BIG TONES
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Ever since the triple cap chip was introduced I've never got a single return from the player I used it on.

    It's Bruno TC as we speak. Lol

  18. threeputt
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    I wion't do it but Foden tc not out of the question dgw27, every chance of playing both

    1. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      He sat last 2?

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      I mean I triple captained the most nailed on player in the league and it didn't work. Triple captaining the least nailed on player in the league is just crazy enough to work.

    3. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Every chance? No. KDB Gundogan and Dias have every chance.

      I owned Foden jn the first half of the season, and he seemed to be permanently benched when everyone was fit.

  19. FPL Pillars
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Greenwood wasting Bruno assist

  20. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Shaw 1 BPS away for the baps

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Bruno pen not added yet

      1. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        😀

  21. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Schlupp up

  22. AzzaroMax99
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Come on Crystal! Remove Shaw's CS 😀

  23. Dirty Harry
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Just noticed a dude in our league had a rank change last week of 2.

    Don't think I've ever seen such a fine margin in rank change.

    1. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      This is much more interesting than watching the Utd game.

    2. threeputt
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      guy on top of the overall league hasnt changed league position in weeks, even more incredible !

    3. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      It happens regularly at the top end of the OR, but not further down. Even when the season was suspended last year and everybody was scoring 0, my OR was jumping about more than that because of transfers used.

  24. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Shawly he must be in for a BAP

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Don’t be so Shaw

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      He deserves some

    3. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      He jumped from 22 to 25 a couple of minutes ago. Just needs to repeat whatever he did and he will be on max baps

    4. Kane and Ablett
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Created a chance for James

      1. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Created a number of chances tonight

    5. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Joel warding him off 🙁

  25. Kane and Ablett
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Squeaky bum time for a Shaw bp

  26. threeputt
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    I'd love it love it if Palace were to sneak a winner here

    1. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Right? C'mon, Eagles! This is YOUR house!

    2. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Alright Kevin Keegan

  27. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Why do we have a yellow hi-vis ball for floodlit games in February, but a white ball for a foggy floodlit game in March?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Can see the ref, that’s for sure

  28. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Imagine having to go out in public in that kit

  29. Zilla42
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Hello, all. Random question for the old timers on here. I've been out of the loop for some time and wanted to know if anyone remembers the name of the FPL poster, I think it was "Doos42" or something like that. When he got very ill a few years back, we added #42's to our usernames as a show of support. Is he still around? Is he doing okay?

    1. Zilla42
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Maybe "Doosry42"

    2. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Doosra. He's still around I think

      1. Zilla42
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Thanks! That's who I was thinking of.

    3. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Doosra? Think he had Mark Noble in his grav?

      1. Zilla42
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Yes. Thanks.

    4. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Doosra

      Not around as much, but doing well

      1. Zilla42
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Relieved to hear he is doing well. I've been out of the loop for some time and just wanted to make sure he recovered and is doing okay. Thank you for the response.

    5. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Merry Michael.

      1. Zilla42
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Thank you for the response. Is that what he goes by now?

  30. JBG
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Pogba needs to get back to match fitness asap.. Can't watch Matic/Fred/Mctominay combo any more.