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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. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Quite happy with my Ronaldo 1 pointer. Keeps him under the radar.

    1. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      nice mate

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Playing the long game. Didn't want any points this week anyway.

    2. Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Every cloud

  2. Gubby-Allen
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Salah red card and missed penalty tomorrow to ensure my VC outscores my captain.

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Livra, Cancelo, Foden. Not a bad start. If only Foden’s shot was 1 inch to the left

    • RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Foden and Ronaldo blank worth as much to me as Cancelo return just about.

      Nice Azpi stay on the bench to get me Livra’s points for the third week in a row pleas.

    • Dusty Donut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Pathetic performance from United. More shots against their own keeper than City's..

      1. ZeBestee
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        What did you expect? You need to manage your expectation.

        1. Dusty Donut
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Ha! It's exactly as i expected. Just thought it was a funny stat about the shots..

    • Echoes
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      A Christensen brace out of the blue today would be quite swell.

    • Finding Timo
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Should Jesus have got a pen ?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        No.

      2. No Professionals
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        No

      3. Dusty Donut
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Most definitely.

        1. Finding Timo
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Gutted as a Jesus although downgrading next week to fund son

      4. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I don’t understand how not. He played the all past Telles and then Telles clipped his foot as he was running past him.

        What am I missing? (Not a City or MU fan for what it’s worth)

        1. Brehmeren
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Telles touched the ball

          1. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Ok most definitely didn’t look it from the angle they showed here. But if he did then fair enough.

            1. Brehmeren
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Very little touch tbf

      5. Pipermaru
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Clear pen.

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I agree.

      6. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Soft, but definite pen

      7. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        While we’re at it Zouma should have won a pen last week when he was pulled back - insane that wasn’t given!

      8. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Clear. Non-owner.

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Operation get Azpi off that bench!

      1. No Need
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        On for James after his brace on 83 mins

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Hope so , stupidness needs to be punished

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      20 points from 2 players, what a start!

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Not as good as mine 14 points from 1 player. My average is 14, yours is only 10. 😀

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          If you can finish with the same average this week I will salute you as an FPL god ...... and fly to the moon before the next GW starts.

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        14 from one is better average 🙂

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          And I totally forgot Jesus 🙁 You win me.

      3. Gunneryank
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Nice! I genuinely root for ya, you've had some craptastic luck. Feeling better?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            I've felt better for a few weeks as I have been happy with my team overall, now starting to yield some better scores.

            And thanks!

      4. andre_c
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        You guys think Azpi will come on?

        1. Dusty Donut
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Probably

          1. andre_c
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            thats annoying i have livra first bench

            1. Dusty Donut
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Me too. Hence my pessimism 🙂

        2. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Ha. He hasn’t been lately. I’m not expecting him to but who knows. It would be Livra for me so not a huge deal (but if you benched Cancelo then I think it’s going to be a stressful game to watch and wait and see)

          1. andre_c
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            luckily i played cancelo and have livra first bench

            1. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Well we’re in the same boat then!

              I think we get Livra’s points in the end.

      5. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Cant get my midfielders to score any points, sarr and benrahma blanked for 4 weeks each got rid for foden that has now blanked 2 in a row.

      6. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Son or Foden in for Havertz? Leaning Son.

        1. No Professionals
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I would go son

        2. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          yeah doing foden>son this week

          1. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            If you think Man U's defence is bad, check Everton out

            1. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              I think Foden might get rested for Everton as they have PSG a few days later.

          2. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            I think that's a mistake

        3. Dusty Donut
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Son

        4. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Son

        5. Pipermaru
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Havertz to Son, that's my transfer as well.

        6. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Cheers all

        7. Konstaapeli
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          If that shot went in everyome would say Foden. Small margins.

      7. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Cancelo (c) vs Everton next week?

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Nah

        2. F4L
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          too hard to predict his hauls, Leicester, Chelsea and United away this season so far

      8. F4L
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Rodri and Walker have been brilliant this year

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Walker unlucky to not get more points in FPL so far

          1. F4L
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            yeah he's gone under the radar a bit, an attacking return or two and I'm sure he'll become popular to own

      9. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        That Foden goal would have been sweet. Still blessed to have Joao lol

      10. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        *Grabs popcorn for Roy Keane explosion*

        1. Champ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Put the dog outside too. That high pitch squealing is too much for them. He does call it straight though to be fair...

        2. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Dirty

      11. LSP
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Cancelo is a beast. He was everywhere!

      12. PLerix
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Ole 4 transfers, Pep 0 transfers. Is is back to 5 transfers pr team?

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          If you means subs.. Shaws was a concussion sub.

      13. Champ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        BBC few mins ago :

        "Thousands of empty red plastic seats inside Old Trafford. We're still playing"

        hmm. Is the word "plastic" adding anything?!

        It's almost like the BBC don't like United lol

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Its an ecological waste, all that single use plastic

        2. yousunkmybattleship
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Emphasising the plastic fans

      14. Moose™
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Havertz + Antonio > Son + Hwang

        Just have enough ITB. Do it asap? I know it is risky moves lol

      15. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Any chance dias gets bonus?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          He's currently one off. Maybe.

      16. ZeBestee
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Livra starters, hands up please. 😛

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          😀
          Cancelo bencher. 🙁

          1. ZeBestee
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Cancelo turns on the beast mode against top teams.

        2. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Which of the three hands?

        3. Gunneryank
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Oh yeah. Been starting him for weeks.

        4. No Professionals
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Should have brought Rashford and sancho on.

          1. ZeBestee
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Started Rashford*

          2. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Sancho was on, for all the difference it made.

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Sancho will add 20 goals to United this year. Easy

              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Sancho is perfect to solve United right wing issue (plays left wing)

              2. Gunneryank
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Can't tell if you're joking or not.

                  1. Ginkapo FPL
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Just repeating MBPs endless rants from preseason. Despite the bullying he wasnt right, maybe bullies shouldnt be listened to

                    1. Gunneryank
                        2 months, 18 days ago

                        You two having a go at each other is entertaining, i will admit.

                        1. Ginkapo FPL
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 18 days ago

                          I refrain most of the time as it isnt healthy for anyone

            2. Will Kane
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Good to see all the thought I put into whether to play Dias or Livra turned out to be completely irrelevant 🙂

              1. ManofKent
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Me too - I was having a funny five minutes and thought Utd stood a chance of scoring...

                1. Will Kane
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Same, in the end the City clean sheet felt totally safe from about 30 seconds in!

            3. Gandalf
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Annoying that Ronaldo has Watford next.. hard to remove before then having held him for so long. Initial thoughts?

              A. Keep him for Watford and bring him back on a wildcard
              B. -4 to bring in Son and Jimmy
              C. Switch to Ronaldo

              1. Gandalf
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                C. Switch to Kane *

                1. Super Saints
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Kane has been even worse!

              2. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Keep, they want to bounce back, selling him before (brace or) hattie and you will regret it many years.

            4. yousunkmybattleship
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Well done Man Utd on only losing 2-0

              1. Echoes
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Improvement from the Liverpool game. New 7 year contract for Ole needed!

            5. Super Saints
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Oh well at least I can happily sell Ronaldo to fun Son

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Before Watford, splendid idea.

                1. Super Saints
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Son to comfortably outscore him especially long term

              2. Thomas Magnum
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Once United fire the coach people will try to make the case to keep Ronaldo due to the ‘new manager bounce’

            6. 3 Girls 1 Schlupp
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Duffy to Cancelo dine before he rises tonight. Should have taken a hit and done it before this GW anyway, thought Ronaldo will score

              1. 3 Girls 1 Schlupp
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Would*

            7. Grounderz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Ohh man, frustrated. Benched Cancelo over Broja.

              1. ZeBestee
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Don't bench your premiums, simples.

              2. Thomas Magnum
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Try not to worry too much, it was the right decision on paper just didn’t work out the way you’d have wanted

                1. Ginkapo FPL
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  It wasnt

                  1. Grounderz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    In hindsight, not so good a decision now.

                    1. Dynamic Duos
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      Foresight , I'm sure I told you

                  2. Thomas Magnum
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Why not? Who would’ve seriously predicted Cancelo to get 2 assists and a clean sheet?

                    1. No Need
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      What like the 3 he got in the week?

                    2. Dynamic Duos
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      I expected an assist and cs

                    3. Dynamic Duos
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      Do you support Utd or something?

                      1. Ginkapo FPL
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 18 days ago

                        Yup, its United bias. I've suffered similar with Arsenal players in the past

                      2. Thomas Magnum
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 18 days ago

                        No I couldn’t care less about United, I just see Ronaldo and fear he’ll score against any defense

                    4. Baps hunter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      I predicted one attacking return and cs. Two assists equals one goal.

                    5. Gunneryank
                        2 months, 18 days ago

                        I wouldn't have bet against him returning something vs United. He's one of their most creative attacking players and United are awful.

                  3. Grounderz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Thanks for the consoling words. Firstly, fully trusted Man Utd to turn things around and make it tough for Man City. Secondly, felt Broja would have started ahead of Armstrong and get the nod.

                  4. Dynamic Duos
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    The hell it was