Is Now The Time to Buy Man Utd Players?
Man Utd players in Fantasy Premier League have been decreasingly popular over the last few years. A combination of unpopular managers and less certainty around Man Utd’s starting 11 have contributed to this. The upside of Man Utd players not being highly picked in FPL means there is some differential value to be had. Furthermore, Man Utd now go on a run of good fixtures and are coming off back to back Premier League wins.
Man Utd Fixtures
Next 5 fixtures: Wolves (H), West Ham (a), Newcastle (H), Chelsea (a), Everton (H).
Goalkeeper and Defence
David De Gea
David De Gea (£5.9m) passes the eye test and looks to be back to his best. He produced some vital saves against Watford. Previous to this, his clean sheet against Burnley seems set to become the norm again rather than an anomaly. He’s lost 393,880 managers since the beginning of the season, and has the potential to easily recoup the £0.1m he’s lost in value since then as well.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you won’t have missed Luke Shaw’s renaissance. He has one goal, one assist, one clean sheet in three Premier League games. Moreover, he produced the cross leading to a penalty in the Champions League, which in FPL terms would count as another assist. This suggests he may have turned the corner the good making him the real deal. His one point return vs Spurs shouldn’t be a recurring theme. If so his £5.1m price tag is looking like a bargain right now.
Finally, if you’re looking to make up ground with a differential, bonus-point magnet Phil Jones is fit again and down to £5.2m. His ownership is just 0.6% in FPL at the time of writing! Last season saw the gurner-in-chief gain 19 bonus points while helping Man Utd to 15 clean sheets. He is currently out the team however, competing with three other centre-backs for just two spaces, but historically Jose has played him when fit. It should be noted he has played just 57 minutes in the Premier League this season.
Talking of differentials, another Mourinho-favourite Marouane Fellaini (£5.0m) has started the last two matches in the league, averaging 4 points per game. Much has been made of N’golo Kante’s more advanced role this year for Chelsea but, at less than 1%-owned, the big Belgian could be a decent move if managers are wildcarding. His four goals in just 611 league minutes in 2017/18 suggests he’s undervalued. We all know Man Utd’s “Plan B” is to pack the opposition’s area with giants, lump it up and hope for the best! Perfect for Fellaini!
Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba’s relationship has come under scrutiny in recent times. Nonetheless penalty-taker Paul Pogba’s place in the side is guaranteed when fit. The mercurial £8.2m midfielder has had the third most shots in the league to date, and while his two FPL strikes have both been penalties so far, his rocket against Young Boys midweek hints at further open-play returns. In addition to this the trickery of Shaw, Sanchez, Lingard et al drawing fouls in the box strengthens his penalty potential going forwards.
Talking of Jesse Lingard, the Man Utd midfielder has had no returns in the league yet. He is a regular starter though and three successive starts suggest he’s trusted by Mourinho. Interestingly his priced has dropped to £6.8m. Furthermore he has just a 3.3% ownership which may well tempt FPL managers to take a punt on him.
I was tempted to end the article on midfielders, as you know all you need to about ‘Red Rom’. Four goals in four league starts means he is once again drawing FPL manager’s attention. Mourinho’s “marshall” on the field should guarantee owners 150-250 points a season. In his 6 full seasons in the Premier League has only scored under 150 FPL points once. The only other option for Utd in his position is Marcus Rashford (£6.7m), who doesn’t seem to be trusted to lead the line, and is suspended for GW6 anyway.
N.B. “Don’t @ me” saying Sanchez (£10.2m) is an OOP striker waiting to happen. His ball retention statistics don’t make for positive reading if you’re a Sanchez owner in Fantasy Premier League!