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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. King Carlos
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Insanity!

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

      Yep.

  2. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    clear foul play, not even accidental !!

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

      Would that knock you over in normal contact?

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        His diving coach will be happy.

  3. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Outrageous. If it hadn't resulted in a "goal" he would have been sent off no question.

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

      Who?

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

      Lmao get out

    3. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Gtfo, 11 years here and still no clue about football...

  4. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    What the F*** was that decision

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Football is dead

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

      Contender for worst VAR decision of the season. And that is saying something.

  5. hueycho
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Cavani is a world class striker

  6. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    That’s why players dive and hold their face. It’s never a foul in a 100 years

  7. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Of course Son is running around now fine after 2 minutes ago acting like he had been stabbed in the eye. Drives me mad this.

  8. jonnybhoy
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Had to bench one out of Lacazette and Nacho. Went with a gut instinct and it has not paid off...

  9. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Wow. The hand only goes out instinctively because Son grabs him first and it's disallowed. Unbelievable.

  10. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Son has no shame..has a record of breaking legs and goes down after a poke???

  11. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    F these PL refs, enough is enough. They need salary cuts for being so shite, will never improve if they let them get away with shite decisions like these.

  12. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    United fans stunned! Getting a taste of their own medicine

  13. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Son G

  14. JBG
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    What a ducking embarrassment...

  15. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Son goal

  16. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Nooooo

  17. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Son is back

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

      Wow.

      Couldn't write it.

      I've got Son and no Cavani but it's wrong in football terms.

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

        Same. Disgusting lack of karma here.

  18. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Spurs goal now.

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

      Shut up shop Jose??

  19. hullcityfan
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Soooooonnnnn

  20. Mr. O'Connell
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Goal for the cheat

    1. Life_Ban
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Now now ... All is fair in love and football

    2. Isca Extremadura
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      That was like an advert on what’s wrong with football..

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Son to Bale seller ?

    3. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Get in my Sooooonnnn

    4. BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      It's a far worse decision because he bottled the consequence of it.

    5. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Of course son now scores to go with his Oscar

    6. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Son scoring after faking a foul from McTominay. And I own Son in FPL.

    7. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Can’t stand Son, dirty cheat.

    8. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Good lad Son

    9. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      There's a lot of people saying that's not a foul, but surely it was?

      https://streamable.com/0g6593

      Son is trying to hold on to a degree but the McTomminey isn't gesturing his arm to block him back, that's an intentional flick to his face at eye level?

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

        Tiny flick.

        It's a contact sport.

        Not for me.

      2. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Why not just make the sport non contact.

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

        Son actually goes down holding the other side of his face from the slight touch.

        Played the ref.

      4. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        If you've ever played football at any level you simply can't make this comment.

    10. Sack The Glazers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      for someone who almost lost an eye and was nearly dead he can score a gaol

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

        Innit

    11. Milkman Bruno
        1 month, 5 days ago

        ManchestVAR United and all that. They get every decision from the refs am I right?