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
    • 12 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    This is perfectly set up for a Benteke screamer.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Is he a screamer?

    2. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      I agree but will check urban dictionary to be sure

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        lol

  2. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Bruno needs to come on

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      I hope not, my rival has TC on him.

  3. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

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

  4. Londongeezaa
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Henderson outscoring Cancelo and Sterling combined 🙂

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Shaw -BPS

  6. Bossworld
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Another lousy DGw

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Speak for yourself! Loving it and flying high!

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Main course tomorrow X

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        Yessir!

  7. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 25 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
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      How ya watching it?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        Listening on the radio

  8. Kane and Ablett
    6 months, 25 days ago

    3 minutes until Utd get their pen

  9. No Professionals
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Shaw shank

    1. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Relegation

  10. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    PVA big chance

    1. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Offside

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        Well onside

    2. djman102
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      And 7 points just flashed before my eyes...

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Well offside.

  11. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Oh PVA!

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Wow...

      1 on 1.

    2. Kane and Ablett
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Should lose a few bps for that

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        +BPS as it was on target

  12. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Will we also get crappy games tomorrrow?

    Groundhog day

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Probably not, all my players played today.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

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

  13. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    No added time? Absolutely nothing has happened.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      1 min of 2 to go.

  14. JBG
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Great save from Henderson

  15. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Bruno captainers and TC how are you holding up?

    1. OneDennisBergkamp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

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

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        Kidding right?

        1. OneDennisBergkamp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 25 days ago

          about what mate?

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Take the beer goggles off

  16. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Hendo got to be number one now?

    1. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Nah

    2. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      About time

    3. BIG TONES
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

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

    4. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

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

  17. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Damn it!

  18. JBG
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Would have been offside.

  19. BIG TONES
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Token 90 min penalty incoming now for United

    1. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

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

  20. Sif
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Going Dier over Shaw was a terrible decision :I

  21. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    PVA should get -5 for that

  22. Chandler Bing
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

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

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Not good

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      I removed last week

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Awful yet again

      1. OneDennisBergkamp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

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

  23. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Dean-ied

  24. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 25 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
      6 months, 25 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
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        Ta, could well be right

  25. Hooky
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Pritt stick would have scored that. Wrong glue

  26. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Of course trashford does nothing

    Welcome back sonny !

  27. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

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

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      2.42 seconds and all over.

  28. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Why have the goals dried up in the last month?

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Tired legs and no fans.

      1. No Professionals
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        Do only attackers get tired?

        1. mynameisq
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 25 days ago

          I'd wager they do more running

          1. No Professionals
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 25 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.

  29. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Title contenders?

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 25 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
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Looks like Man City are winning the title race right now

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        Yes.

  30. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Even the refs were bored, only 2 minutes added