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. PP6
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Disgrace.

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

    Guaita 16 point DGW...

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

      Wincent

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

      It was between him and Areola for me, thought "MU match is surely a 3-0 loss". How wrong was I.

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

    God that was worryingly terrible

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

      This is football for the rest of the season. Bar Man City's rested squad rotators.

      1. Isco Disco
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Looks like you didn’t watch Spurs last game

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

    Delighted with the 12 pts from Shaw tbh.

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

      Yes. Hopefully Keane better's it

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

      Helps.

      I've done okay with no chip played this gw.

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

      I’d be fuming, should have had a lot more!

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

        Didn't expect a utd cleanie in either game.

    4. AC Yew
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Feel the same about AWB!

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

    Brilliantly beautiful Bruno blank, his luck could never last.

    Massive TC fail!

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

      2 clean sheets. Not a fail in my book.

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

    Awful just pain

  7. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    This GW is like DGW19 all over again, Defence outscoring attacking players big time.

  8. Naby K8a
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Man Utd without being awarded pens. If I speak i'm in big trouble...

    1. Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 2 days ago

        United have scored 53 goals in the league this season, 3 less than city who are first for goals scored. United have won 8 penalties in the league this season, 1 more than city and 2 less than Leicester. Without any penalties we would only be on two less goals than pool. Just saying.

        1. Naby K8a
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Lol since Klopp called out the horrific refereeing and awarding pens every week, you lot have been woeful.

    2. Vamos Los Celeste
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Get in double Shaw Cs double bruno blank.

    3. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      AWB Baps?!

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

        Aaron One Bapsaka

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

          Actually, two!

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

      For goodness sake

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

      Slab head 1 bap?

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

      Shaw steal a BAP or two I beg

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

        Nope

      2. gogs67
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Awb might get one

      3. Isco Disco
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Have a feeling Kane is gonna go big tomorrow. It’s about time for some Hurricane. Harry is saving it all for the DGW climax

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

        Every defender and his dog except Shaw is getting the baps wtf

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

          His name is Roy Hodgson

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

        Literally everyone gets bps but Shaw

      6. Milkman Bruno
          2 months, 2 days ago

          This has been a tough watch

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

          Right I feel its time to go looking for differentials. So bored of my template team just stagnating making no real impact and rank barely moving from a dismal 500k. Any suggestions?

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

            Bruno to Ozil

          2. Kane and Ablett
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Bale

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

            Well done Kane TCers

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

              Will we get anything tomorrow?

              Not happy unless we get at least one goal.

            2. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Not won yet, many of us are on Salah, Son or DCL as TC.

            3. Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Speaking too soon

          4. Kane and Ablett
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Five players getting 2 bonus? Is that a record....

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

              Could be 5 players getting 2 bonus

            • BeaversWithAttitude
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              90 minutes of my life gone forever, haha.

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

              And that my friends shows the gulf in class between 1st and the rest ... even allowing for conditions, the standard and accuracy of passing, control and movement was appalling. The points gap is well and truly reflective of the level between United and City at the moment.

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

              That was a grim watch.

            • Rashers
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              3 games tonight. 3 goals.

              Riveting stuff.

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

                Good defending is also something that should be valued. I know we all like to see teams roll over and have their bellies tickled...

            • Kane and Ablett
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Right then decisions made Bruno out for Bale and Dias captain this week

                1. Neevesy
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  You think Bale will start? Waiting to see if he plays this week.

                2. Kane and Ablett
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Yes until he breaks we could get a good month out of him

                3. trinzoo
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Bruno to KDB for free?

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

                  5 players on for 2 baps from that game.

                5. Esalman
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Biggest dgw in history my foot.

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

                  Triple captain fail... 🙁