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Grealish benched as United stick with five-man defence for Manchester derby

The Manchester derby is the first of five matches taking place on a slightly quieter-than-usual Saturday afternoon of Premier League football.

The omission of Jack Grealish from the City starting XI is perhaps the headline team news from the lunchtime clash at Old Trafford, with the benchings of Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez rather more predictable given their relative lack of involvement on the domestic front over the last couple of months.

Ilkay Gundogan replaces the former Villa man in one of two changes that Pep Guardiola has made from Gameweek 10, with John Stones in for the suspended Aymeric Laporte his other alteration.

Kyle Walker is fit to start after taking a knock to his foot in midweek.

Raphael Varane‘s hamstring injury rules him out of the visit of United’s cross-city rivals, with Eric Bailly taking his place.

Victor Lindelof was a minor concern for this clash with a knock but is fit to take his place alongside Bailly and Harry Maguire in a three-man central defence, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly opting for the same 3-4-1-2 – or, given the likelihood of them sitting back, 5-3-2 – set-up he has favoured in his side’s last two competitive matches.

The Norwegian had hinted at a few other injury doubts without naming names in his pre-match press conference and the Red Devils are indeed without another one of their starters from the 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Edinson Cavani is the man to miss out, with Mason Greenwood starting in his stead.

Aside from those two enforced alterations, United are otherwise unchanged from last week.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the most selected player in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) for this encounter but his 31% ownership figure has to be taken with a pinch of salt, given the number of ‘ghost teams’ in FPL that tend to be drifting along three months into a campaign.

Among the top 10k, Ronaldo is the only United player with an ‘effective ownership’ (EO) above 1% for this fixture.

It’s Phil Foden and Joao Cancelo who are the most popular picks among the leading 10,000 managers, each boasting an EO of just over 62%.

GAMEWEEK 11 LINE-UPS

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Bailly, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fernandes, McTominay, Fred, Greenwood, Ronaldo.

Subs: Henderson, Martial, Rashford, Lingard, Dalot, Sancho, Telles, Matic, Van de Beek.

Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo, Silva, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, Jesus, Foden.

Subs: Steffen, Carson, Ake, Sterling, Grealish, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Palmer.

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1,531 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    One of the rarest mammals ever to be seen.

    Donny off the bench.

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Haha quality

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Why have a plan when you can just do desperation?

    2. Fodderx4
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Haha you need to upload a clip to youtube with a David Attenborough voice over.

  2. Jet5605
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Is Sky Go down at the moment for anyone else?

    1. User Unknown
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Nope just tuned in

  3. moment
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Few minutes away from finding out if my team will actually have triple Chelsea defense. At least Tino's first on the bench.

  4. dark91
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    OGS doesn't deserve VDB

  5. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Cr7 still 31% owned ,I'm absolutely baffled

    1. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      I'm one of them. Have intended to sell him each of the last 5 weeks but something else always needed to be done.

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Perhaps the missing link to Salah only 70% ownership 🙂

    3. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      I still have him, had no idea who to sell him for. Plan was always to move him to Lukaku but I held on when he got injured. Selling for Kane next week is tempting now.

  6. Hulk Smash
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Anyone else noticed the weird improvement in Lindelof's passing ability this season? He's had a couple of unreal assists and played some really good passes, whereas previously his on the ball ability was comparable to Fred.

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Always been good on the ball, bad at everything else

    2. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Both Lindelof and Fred are known for only being good on the ball and nothing else...

  7. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Lol @ UTD.

    May Ole continue as long as possible.

  8. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Bilva yc

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      #notmysilva

  9. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Can't afford cancelo without a hit until gw14, think I can "survive one more week?"

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      It is UTD, yes you will sirvive without Cancelo.

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Everton next...there is no survival

    2. User Unknown
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Wait til end of IB but think he’s worth the hit

    3. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      City have 2 home games coming up, if you really really want him I would just take the hit to get him in.

    4. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Thanks all

    5. Fodderx4
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Get him for the hit and keep for the season and your laughing.
      When your tempted to sell, don't!

  10. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Bilva YC

  11. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    YC B Silva

  12. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    That's the United highlight reel sorted for the international break!

  13. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Bernardo YC massive for Cancelo

  14. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Get Zinchenko warming up!

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      No we want a goal and a complete haul of achievements

  15. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 12 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Cancelo on a 14 pointer

    Get him off Pep, get him off now

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      100% this.

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Call me greedy but I want a goal or 2 from him. Chasing

    3. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Him and Bilva both

      1. Farteta
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        United won't score - dears in headlights when they finally get possession

  16. Trent Robbo 66✅
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    10 mins till broken hearts

    1. User Unknown
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Need some more goals of some description, bet on City to win and over 3.5 goals

  17. Bob_the_builder
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    VDB might as well go and score an hattrick of own goals to oust Ole and get his revenge.

  18. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    This will be the week when all your Chelsea assets start but unfortunately Chris Wood scores.

    1. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Can just feel it happening, and I'm an owner as well.

    2. Red Red Robins
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 12 days ago

      This

  19. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Will be disappointed to get nothing from Foden here

    1. Good Times
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Word...

    2. Good Times
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      If he doesn't blank would you consider switching him to Son?

      1. Good Times
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Does blank*

      2. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        No Foden will be in my team long term I imagine. Will be getting Son in alongside him

      3. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        No way. Try get Son another way

  20. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Is it just me or is the ref constantly blocking a passing lane to Cancelo whenever he's loitering outside the box in a potential shooting position?

    1. Trent Robbo 66✅
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Wow that is another level of fpl panic

    2. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Ref's ML rival brought in and capped Cancelo this week.

    3. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Michael Olivers rival has Cancelo C.

    4. Top Mark.S
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Its comments like this that remind me why I love this game. Thank you

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        This game + love should never collide

  21. Mr Ozil
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Tuchel, Please start Mount

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Probs won’t

  22. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    City finding it tougher to create chances without Bailly on the field.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Yeah.

      It's not a spectacle.

      City just playing it out and around.

      Needs an edge.

  23. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Trashford coming on

  24. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Sancho 😆

  25. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Foden playing so wide. All he looks like doing at the moment is assisting the assister.

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Timed that as he was in the 6 yard box waiting for a tap in 😀

  26. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Greenwood off

  27. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Oh great here comes Rashford to ruin my Cancelo cleanie the idiot

  28. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    GW off
    School meals ON

  29. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Funny thing. I was happy starting Armstrong and livra over Cancelo and Duffy, but it’s increasingly looking like a mistake…

  30. Pariße
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Look at City go. Quite brilliant to watch how they control the game.