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Son back in Mourinho’s starting XI but Bale only a substitute for Spurs v United

Son Heung-min (£9.4m) returns to the Tottenham Hotspur starting XI this afternoon but Gareth Bale (£9.2m) once again has to content himself with a place among the substitutes.

Manchester United are the visitors to north London, where the action gets under way at 16:30 BST.

Son is one of three players recalled to Jose Mourinho’s side, with the other two changes occuring in defence.

Eric Dier (£4.6m) and Serge Aurier (£5.2m) are brought into the back four as Davinson Sanchez (£5.2m), Japhet Tanganga (£4.9m) and Carlos Vinicius make way.

Manchester United make three changes from the side that beat Granada 2-0 on Thursday night but compared to Gameweek 31, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI shows just one tweak.

Scott McTominay (£4.9m) is recalled, with Mason Greenwood (£7.0m) dropping to the bench.

That means that David de Gea (£5.3m) is once again only among the substitutes, with Dean Henderson (£5.2m) lining up between the posts.


Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris, Reguilon, Aurier, Rodon, Dier, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Moura, Son, Kane

Manchester United XI: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Cavani


GAMEWEEK 31 SO FAR…

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The phenomenal form of Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.9m) and Jesse Lingard (£6.4m) continued at the London Stadium, with both players bagging braces in West Ham United’s 3-2 win over Leicester City.

The pair are joint-top of the Premier League’s goalscoring table from Gameweek 22 onwards, which marked the start of both of their extended runs in their respective sides.

The in-demand pair were among the top three most-bought players of Gameweek 31 and rewarded their new and existing owners with double-digit hauls; this was Lingard’s fifth such return in nine West Ham appearances.

Also among the points was the injured Michail Antonio‘s (£6.6m) replacement, Jarrod Bowen (£5.9m), who teed up Lingard’s second goal and then scored what turned out to be the match-winner when converting Tomas Soucek‘s (£5.3m) pass.

It was a poor afternoon for owners of the defenders on show, with West Ham almost letting a three-goal lead slip yet again.

It’s one clean sheet in seven for the Hammers, one in eight for Leicester.

Vladimir Coufal (£4.6m) and Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) at least partly compensated with assists but Aaron Cresswell (£5.9m) limped off with a hamstring injury, with his substitution marking the first time he has missed Premier League minutes this season.

James Maddison (£7.2m) and Ayoze Perez (£6.0m) were missing altogether from the visitors’ squad but their absences are thought to be for disciplinary reasons rather than injury-related.

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1,340 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Daniel Jebbison
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    He should start Bale

  2. Daniel Jebbison
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Shaw down

  3. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Breaking News: Harry Kane has handed in a transfer request to Manchester United

    1. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      will absolutely happen if Cavani leaves

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

    Bruno’s level of consistency in the league vs the big 6 is frightening.

    How does he keep it up?

    1. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      'in the league vs the big 6' cherrypicking stats much?

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Is in big games better?

        1. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          knocked liverpool out of the cup
          tore leicester and west ham apart
          assist(s) v city
          plenty more

          1. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            And unlike some attacking stars, actually works very hard off the ball.

          2. Isco Disco
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Who cares about FA cup! LEI and West Ham aren't considered top 6 teams. That's mid-table teams doing well this season. Scored a Penalty vs City that's it

          3. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Leicester and West Ham? A fa cup game against a Liverpool B team? I said big games mate

          4. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Did he assist v City in pre season?

    2. Sloane426
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      He’s been crap today

      1. Brehmeren
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I think that's the point.

  5. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Spurs resorting to injuring our players, ridiculous behaviour from the cheats

  6. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Wonder who people will be selling to bring in Son next week. Could be a fair few hits

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Bruno would be my guess

      1. Spg76
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        KDB

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Bale

  7. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Greenwood g

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Pogba a

  8. Daniel Jebbison
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Greenwood

  9. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Clinical from Greenwood, wraps up a great performance from United

  10. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Greenwood gets more points than Bruno and Kane combined

  11. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Greenwood looking lively again

  12. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    MASOOOOOOOOOOOn

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

    And another Pogba A.

  14. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Such a good goal.

    3-1 much better reflection of a game united have dominated

  15. BARIO MALOTELLI
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Wow Pogba STRONK !
    Will anyone transfer Bruno for Pogba ?

  16. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    That should dump Son out of the baps. Lovely

  17. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    There were quite a few mentioning going for Greenwood on the WC on here, did anyone do it?

  18. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Reg terrible defending, no chance lloris

  19. JBG
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Pogba so good today! MOTM.

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Fred says hi.

    2. BARIO MALOTELLI
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Yea Pogba strong

  20. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Kane to City, here we go!

    1. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Haaland to citeh, Kane to utd

  21. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Bale > Son a no brainer for the double?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I’d wait for the medical update on Son but should be good to go.

  22. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Greenwood is baaack

  23. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Sweet goal from the youngster.

  24. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Pogba MOTM!

  25. Naby K8a
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Pogba off the left free role and he's actually class. No joke

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Always has been, outstanding player.

  26. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    A big FU to Mourinho for trying to win with dirty tricks AGAIN! Shitty ref but we still get the 3 well deserved points. Awesome!

  27. Mika-eel
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Think I'm gonna wildcard just so that I can get rid of Reguilon. Was such disaster transfer few weeks ago.

  28. Sack The Glazers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED!!

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Here we go again...

  29. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Yuck, nobody from the remaining 3 matches. Time to pretend they don’t exist, as will only hurt rank!

  30. Daniel Jebbison
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Son on any BP?

    1. fusen
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      No