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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
      3 months, 12 days ago

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

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Wow.. Well done

      2. DK_13
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Started at 6 mil?

        1. Bounce
            3 months, 12 days ago

            2.3m

            1. DK_13
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Well done then. Where are you now?

              1. Bounce
                  3 months, 12 days ago

                  34k

          • Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            that’s one hellava bounce

          • Sharkytect
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            That's crazy! Link your team!

          • Homer21
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Where are you now?

        2. JBG
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

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

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

            PE teacher

        3. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Bruno ‘Deserved Ballon D’or Winner Fernandes.

        4. Hooky
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

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

          1. Dirty Harry
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Wonder how that might impact City assets in FPL?

            1. Hooky
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

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

          2. Yank Revolution
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            They've already won it.

        5. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Shaw’s delivery again...

          1. Fred54
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            *chefs kiss*

            Shame he's feeding toddlers.

          2. JBG
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            James awful header.

        6. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Shaw's got to have some ridiculous xA tonight

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

            Nothing for that as James missed the ball, robbed!

          2. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Can’t believe Telles doesn’t get more games

        7. aborg
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 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
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

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

          1. Fred54
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

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

            1. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 12 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
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 12 days ago

                LG CX The only television worth owning

                1. Wild Rover
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 12 days ago

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

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

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

                      1. Wild Rover
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 12 days ago

                        You are missing out

          2. The Senate
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 12 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
          3 months, 12 days ago

          What the fog

        10. Esalman
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

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

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

          Football this year is just crap all round.

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

            Best 7.8m midfielder? Not including Gundogan

            1. Hooky
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Do they have to be exactly £7.8m?

              1. LiamK17
                  3 months, 12 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
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 12 days ago

                    On form and points per game its Lingard.

                    But the powers that be say on fixtures no!

                  2. Hooky
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 12 days ago

                    Lingard, Jota?

              2. Dthinger
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 12 days ago

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

              3. BeaversWithAttitude
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 12 days ago

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

            2. Mr. O'Connell
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Greenwood sitter. Ruins Bruno assist.

              1. Hulk Smash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 12 days ago

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

            3. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Bruno crying for a pen

            4. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

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

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 12 days ago

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

              2. Rashers
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 12 days ago

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

                Its been very poor for a while.

            5. BIG TONES
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 12 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

            6. threeputt
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 12 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
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 12 days ago

                He sat last 2?

              2. Mr. O'Connell
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 12 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
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 12 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.

            7. FPL Pillars
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Greenwood wasting Bruno assist

            8. Egg noodle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Shaw 1 BPS away for the baps

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 12 days ago

                Bruno pen not added yet

                1. Wild Rover
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 12 days ago

                  😀

            9. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Schlupp up

            10. AzzaroMax99
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Come on Crystal! Remove Shaw's CS 😀

            11. Dirty Harry
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 12 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
                3 months, 12 days ago

                This is much more interesting than watching the Utd game.

              2. threeputt
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 12 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
                3 months, 12 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.

            12. Catastrophe
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Shawly he must be in for a BAP

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 12 days ago

                Don’t be so Shaw

              2. _Ninja_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 12 days ago

                He deserves some

              3. Egg noodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 12 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
                  3 months, 12 days ago

                  Created a chance for James

                  1. Catastrophe
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 12 days ago

                    Created a number of chances tonight

                • Catastrophe
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 12 days ago

                  Joel warding him off 🙁

              5. Kane and Ablett
                  3 months, 12 days ago

                  Squeaky bum time for a Shaw bp

                • threeputt
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 12 days ago

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

                  1. BeaversWithAttitude
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 12 days ago

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

                  2. Hulk Smash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 12 days ago

                    Alright Kevin Keegan

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

                    Can see the ref, that’s for sure

                • The Suspended One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 12 days ago

                  Imagine having to go out in public in that kit

                • Zilla42
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 12 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
                    3 months, 12 days ago

                    Maybe "Doosry42"

                  2. Hooky
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 12 days ago

                    Doosra. He's still around I think

                    1. Zilla42
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 12 days ago

                      Thanks! That's who I was thinking of.

                  3. Hulk Smash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 12 days ago

                    Doosra? Think he had Mark Noble in his grav?

                    1. Zilla42
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 12 days ago

                      Yes. Thanks.

                  4. The Suspended One
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 12 days ago

                    Doosra

                    Not around as much, but doing well

                    1. Zilla42
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 12 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
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 12 days ago

                    Merry Michael.

                    1. Zilla42
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 12 days ago

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

                • JBG
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 12 days ago

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