Dugout Discussion

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

    This is perfectly set up for a Benteke screamer.

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

      Is he a screamer?

    2. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I agree but will check urban dictionary to be sure

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

        lol

  2. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Bruno needs to come on

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I hope not, my rival has TC on him.

  3. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Bruno tackling back. First impact of the night on 86 mins.

  4. Londongeezaa
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Henderson outscoring Cancelo and Sterling combined 🙂

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

    Shaw -BPS

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

    Another lousy DGw

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Speak for yourself! Loving it and flying high!

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Main course tomorrow X

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

        Yessir!

  7. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    No wonder it’s 0-0, probably can’t see their own teammates let alone the goal in this fog

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      How ya watching it?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Listening on the radio

  8. Kane and Ablett
      2 months, 2 days ago

      3 minutes until Utd get their pen

    • No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Shaw shank

      1. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Relegation

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

      PVA big chance

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Offside

        1. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Well onside

      2. djman102
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        And 7 points just flashed before my eyes...

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Well offside.

    • tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Oh PVA!

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Wow...

        1 on 1.

      2. Kane and Ablett
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Should lose a few bps for that

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            +BPS as it was on target

      3. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Will we also get crappy games tomorrrow?

        Groundhog day

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

          Probably not, all my players played today.

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Every day is crappy games. It's what happens when players are permanently knackered.

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

        No added time? Absolutely nothing has happened.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          1 min of 2 to go.

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

        Great save from Henderson

      6. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Bruno captainers and TC how are you holding up?

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

          should have had a pen first game, if only Shaw & Greenwood could hit the target this game..

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Kidding right?

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

              about what mate?

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

          Take the beer goggles off

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

        Hendo got to be number one now?

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Nah

        2. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          About time

        3. BIG TONES
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          De Gea has been on decline for at least two seasons now. Needs a fresh start

        4. BeaversWithAttitude
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          He's a good keeper, but really, not much has happened.

      8. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Damn it!

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

        Would have been offside.

      10. BIG TONES
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Token 90 min penalty incoming now for United

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Var will probably find something on the replay tomorrow and bring them back out for a pen

      11. Sif
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Going Dier over Shaw was a terrible decision :I

      12. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        PVA should get -5 for that

      13. Chandler Bing
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        How has Fernandes played today? Not watching and considering removing the guy for a bit with the upcoming run-in.

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

          Not good

        2. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I removed last week

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Awful yet again

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

            sound like a Bruno hater, 45pts in his 4 games before the DGW is classed as awful?

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

        Dean-ied

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

        Rodrigo and Barnes to Antonio and Son looks like my moves.
        Will have a benching headache in the hammers v Leeds game though

        Bench one:
        Bamford (whu)
        Antonio (LEE)
        Raph (whu)

        Play one:
        AWB (city)
        Coufal (LEE)

        Leaning towards benching Bamford. Defender tougher, can see yet another 0-0 for united

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

          Would lean towards benching Bamford given Raph's form.

          Would play Coufal over AWB, can't see United getting anything from the City game.

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

            Ta, could well be right

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

        Pritt stick would have scored that. Wrong glue

      17. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Of course trashford does nothing

        Welcome back sonny !

      18. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Well on paper it looked most like 3 away wins tonight!!

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          2.42 seconds and all over.

      19. BobB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Why have the goals dried up in the last month?

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

          Tired legs and no fans.

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Do only attackers get tired?

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

              I'd wager they do more running

              1. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                A wide midfielder does no more running than a full back. Midfielders do the same as midfielders (oddly), only debatable is striker v centre back and that will depend on type.

      20. nerd_is_the_werd
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Title contenders?

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

          Said no one ever. Most MU fans are surprised MU are in 2nd place.

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Looks like Man City are winning the title race right now

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Yes.

      21. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Even the refs were bored, only 2 minutes added