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FPL team guides: Manchester United – Best players, predicted line-up + more

Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is drawing ever nearer and we’re profiling all 20 Premier League teams before the season starts.

We continue our team-by-team guides with Manchester United, seeing what their players have to offer.

You can check out our Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Bournemouth analysis in our Promoted series.

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LAST SEASON: ATTACK

TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals scored578th
Shots5085th
Shots in the box3255th
Shots on target1826th
Big chances825th
Expected goals (xG)62.276th

It was a disappointing follow-up to Manchester United’s second-placed finish of 2020/21. Fans were back in stadiums again, big money had been spent on Jadon Sancho (£7.5m) whilst Cristiano Ronaldo (£10.5m) returned to the club after 12 years away.

Yet manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left in November, following a 4-1 defeat at newly-promoted Watford, as the Red Devils made it five seasons without a trophy.

Under the stewardship of Solskjaer, caretaker Michael Carrick and interim boss Ralf Rangnick, their underlying attacking stats roughly match their sixth-placed ranking, although their 57 goals were bested by seven other teams.

Highlights included the opening day 5-1 win over Leeds United, where Bruno Fernandes (£10.0m) netted a hat-trick, and entertaining 3-2 home wins over Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur – the latter with Ronaldo’s own set of three.

The 37-year-old finished as top scorer with 18 league goals but has barely featured in friendlies, as reports continue to insist that he wants to leave the club immediately.

However, it hasn’t clouded a promising pre-season under new boss Erik ten Hag. Announced with several weeks of 2021/22 to go, he arrived from Ajax with an air of confidence and time to plan a new era for this underachieving giant.

LAST SEASON: DEFENCE

TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals conceded5713th
Clean sheets8=12th
Shots conceded51112th
Shots in the box conceded32511th
Shots on target conceded18014th
Big chances conceded7513th
Expected goals conceded (xGC)61.3011th

A huge problem for ten Hag to fix is the Man United defence. Ranking in the lower mid-table for allowing attempts, big chances and shots on target, their eight clean sheets were fewer than new boys Brentford and relegated Burnley, worsened only by four others.

Furthermore, there were an embarrassing six occasions where they conceded at least four goals – including against Manchester City, both times versus Liverpool and a May meltdown at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Goalkeeper David De Gea (£5.0m) made the third-most saves and played all 38 matches. Fernandes was the only other to exceed 28 starts.

From an FPL perspective, only Watford totalled fewer defensive goals, with solitary contributions from Harry Maguire (£5.0m) and Raphael Varane (£5.0m). Assists were better, thanks to a combined seven from left-backs Alex Telles (£5.0m) and Luke Shaw (£5.0m).


OPENING FIXTURES

The tougher fixtures against last season’s top five are spread out fairly evenly throughout the early months, meaning ten Hag’s side never gets a truly good or bad run of fixtures.

This is backed by our Season Ticker, which ranks fixtures for both difficulty and relative difficulty. The latter constantly keeps Man United as sixth-best for the opening four, six, eight and ten encounters.

Gameweek 1 can see them gain revenge on Brighton for the 4-0 loss, with Liverpool soon back to attempt another 5-0.

PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 1 LINE-UP

 

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949 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jrot94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Who are the most underpriced players? My list (all in my team)

    Ward - should be 4.5
    Walker - could easily be 6.0
    Perisic - should be at least 6.0
    Bailey - could easily be 6.0
    Marti - could easily be 6.5

    1. Egg noodle
      • 12 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Bailey is Mauro Boselli v2.0

  2. Ballzit
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      A)Rashford and Odegaard and 1.0
      B) Saka and Rodri
      C) Saka and Neto and .5

      1. West End Exile
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        C

    • FLAMINI LAMBORGHINI
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 15 hours ago

      Don't see many teams with my boy Jadon. No love for Sancho?

      1. bso
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 15 hours ago

        Nope. Certainly not if Ronnie stays. Will wait and see.

    • Original Sin
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      RMT please out of 10
      Ramsdale
      TAA James Perisic Dias
      Salah Mount Rashford Martinelli
      Haaland Jesus

      Ward Neco Andreas Plange

    • Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 11 hours ago

      Meslier Ward
      Trent Robbo Zink Cancelo Williams
      Salah Saka Neto Rashford Andreas
      Wilson Kane Archer

      Could go Dias James Jesus over Saka Robbo Wilson…

      This is my dilemma..

    • MotDanG
        13 days, 10 hours ago

        Luis Diaz or Mount?

        1. highsguy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 9 hours ago

          LD

      • Colin Govender
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 9 hours ago

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      • Bod
        • 11 Years
        13 days, 4 hours ago

        Mendy and Pope a bit pricey for a keeper combo?

      • Marshall96
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        Is this GTG

        Ederson
        Trent James walker Perisic
        Salah rashford martinelli Diaz
        Haaland Jesus

      • The Frenchie
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 2 hours ago

        A) Sanchez / Gabriel
        B) Ramsdale / Bailey