FPL Team Preview: Man United
Last season, I had expected United to finish about 6th or 7th as they did not enjoy a good summer transfer window. I also had doubt about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but in saying that they finally got their man they in Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in Portugal. He came in the winter transfer window and boy, did he make his mark. Yes he may have scored a few penalties but he definitely made a huge difference for United going forward, if I’m being honest he single-handedly brought Champions League football back to Old Trafford.
Manchester United had 8 players plus Dean Henderson who scored 100 points and more last season in FPL, just a quick note both Greenwood and Fernandes scored 100 points playing in only 1303 and 1187 minutes respectively, that is quite remarkable.
Anthony Martial was United’s top scorer with a nice clean 200 points, followed by Rashford with 177, then Dean Henderson for Sheff Utd scored 160 points, the others that got over 100 were: Mason Greenwood 103, Victor Lindelof 116, Bruno Fernandes 117, Harry Maguire 123, Aaron Wan Bissaka 127 and David De Gea 143 points.
Manchester United’s opening 6 games are:
- Crystal Palace (H)
- Brighton (A)
- Tottenham (H)
- Newcastle (A)
- Chelsea (H)
Man United do have two difficult fixtures in Spurs and Chelsea, but both those games are at Old Trafford. Also do note that Man Utd don’t play in GW01 against Burnley. They have 3 winnable games and should do with some ease.
United offers a lot of FPL options, particularly in midfield. Except for Rashford and Fernandes, no one is a certain starter for United. It will probably take a few games for Solskjaer to figure out his best midfield. Elsewhere, Martial makes a very good forward at his price, he has the ability to finish among the top scorers in the league. De Gea will most likely start as the first choice with Henderson watching closely. All said, with the <Blank> on GW01, it makes it silly to load up on United players from the beginning – the best bet is to bring in Fernandes on GW02 for a start.
David De Gea (5.5): I reckon he will be the number one keeper to start the season but a few howlers later and we may see Henderson take over unless they send Henderson out on loan. He scored 143 points from every minute last season, he kept 13 clean sheets and produced 95 save – he has been one of the top keepers in the world for a very long time and when he’s on he is on.
Dean Henderson (5.5): Was absolutely outstanding last season for Sheff Utd and scored 160 points, he kept 13 clean sheets and produced 97 saves. Will he start? I don’t think so, he has said if he doesn’t get to start or play he will go searching for other options. Not a good attitude and should accept it especially playing for a prestigious club.
Aaron Wan Bissaka (5.5): He was amazing for Crystal Palace a couple of seasons back which earned him the move to Manchester United. He improved his score by 7 points to 127 from 3070 he provided 4 assists and was involved in 12 clean sheets. He will produce about the same as last season, if not more points by about 10-15, hopefully we see him score his very first Premier League goal of his career this season too.
Luke Shaw (5.0): When he was at Southampton, Shaw would be one of the regulars to feature in my team throughout the season, but since moving to Manchester United in July 2014 he hasn’t really found his feet at Manchester United, he played 1730 minutes and scored only 67 points, he didn’t produce any goals or assists, he was involved in 8 clean sheets. I wouldn’t bother choosing him and the LB position in United is very, very unknown position and troublesome, United have been looking at Alex Telles.
Bruno Fernandes (10.5): He came in early January and made a huge impact at the club. He scored 117 points from 1187 points. He produced amazing numbers and was key behind Manchester United’s successful quest of making the Champions League. He will play above 2750 minutes and will be very close to 200 points and is 1.0m cheaper than De Bruyne, you’d be mad to not have KDB, but Bruno is very worthy of being in your team. Since joining the Premier League he has scored 8 goals and provided 8 assists. That’s 16 contributions in half a season.
He will be in many FPL teams this season.
Dan James (6.5): His first season in the Premier league last season and in his first appearance against Chelsea at old Trafford he scored his first goal and the crowd went wild, he will never forget that moment. He scored 95 points from 2281 minutes scoring 3 goals and 6 assists. To be fair, there are other differential players who are better than James. Only selected by 0.4% of the competition.
Marcus Rashford (9.5): This season he is a midfielder which will help his stock rise and I could see him be the highest scoring Manchester United player this season. Last season he finished behind Martial with 177 points scoring 17 goals and providing 8 assists. This season will see him operate from the left hand side again. He will produce roughly the same this season. Currently in 6% of teams.
Mason Greenwood (7.5): Another player who was a regular in the team after January and did do well when both Rashford and Martial were unavailable due to injuries, he played 1300 minutes for a return of 103 points scoring 10 goals and producing 1 assist. He might be behind a few this season but is very young, I wouldn’t be considering him this season. He is owned by 10% of the competition but isn’t a guaranteed starter, I would use the cash on other players.
Donny Van De Beek (7.0): This transfer was a bit of a surprise in my opinion, United now have a lot of choices for their midfield and we might see this guy be used as a sub. I won’t be going near him whatsoever. For Ajax last season in the Eredivisie he played 23 games scoring 8 goals and providing 6 assists. It might be a difficult transition for Donny, but being young he’s in the crop where they take the game on. Just watch him this season and then next season he could be “ripe for the picking”. Currently in 3% of teams.
Paul Pogba (8.0): Unfortunately last season his attitude wasn’t right and was injured for a period of time, he only played 1200 minutes scoring 51 points. He scored 1 goal and provided 4 assists. He hopefully can find his feet this year and challenge for a position alongside Fernandes or Matic, it’s will be difficult to find a spot for every midfielder in that team. He currently is in only 1.8% of teams but I don’t think you can trust him to produce what he has in the past especially with the unknown midfield rotation from Ole.
Anthony Martial (9.0): Last season he was a midfielder and scored 200 points being the top scorer in FPL for Man Utd, he scored 17 goals and contributed 9 assists. He improved immensely last season compared to the season before. He also played over 2500 minutes for the first time since his first season in the Premier League. I reckon this season he will come close to the top scoring forward in the league, may not win the Golden Boot but will come close. Currently in 15.4% of teams.
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Josh Dowling js from Australia and has been playing FPL for 9 years. He follows Liverpool fervently and is passionate about the Beautiful Game.
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