Manchester United have finally sacked the ‘special one’ and as Mourinho departs, fans will hope that the black cloud will follow. For FPL managers, United players have been mainly unattractive all season with glimmers from some along the way.
Their form has been reflected in their low FPL ownership, with De Gea (14.9%) being the highest, followed by Pogba (9.5%). Even more shocking is the fact that only Lukaku features in the top 10 of any FPL position for points scored. It’s fair to say that they haven’t enjoyed the first half of their season.
Now Mourinho has left United, many believe that the players at the club will begin to show their true ability. And for FPL managers, it has put a number of these players firmly on the radar. United have a brilliant long run of fixtures, with 6 of their next 9 matches against teams in the bottom half.
Before we note some of the options that we are considering, we have to issue a word of caution. While many managers are planning to jump on United players ahead of GW18, we would recommend waiting on your decision. While it seems it can’t get any worse at the club, we still don’t know if it will get significantly better.
The appointment of Solskjear may very well rejuvenate the club for the second half of the season, but it’s unclear of his team selection and formation. It would be wise to wait a few gameweeks to understand the current state of the club and the players from an FPL perspective.
With that said, here are some of the players that we think should be on any FPL managers watchlist:
Anthony Martial (£7.3m/6.8%)
The Frenchman has been arguably United’s best player this season, and is currently their leading goal scorer on 7. Recent injury has seen Martial’s ownership and price fall, and he could prove to be a great FPL player over the favourable fixtures.
Of all the players, we would expect Martial to be one of the first names in the attacking line for Solskjear. Averaging 2 shots/90 and 1.8 key passes/90, he has shown that he is a constant attacking threat for the team. Anderson (£7.4m) has been in fine form over recent weeks, and is currently valued at a similar price to Martial. While we are not recommending selling Anderson, for owners its worth acknowledging the straight swap option if the Brazilians form declines.
Paul Pogba (£7.8m/9.5%)
Pogba has been in the headlines more than any other player over the reign of Mourinho, with public disputes throughout his management. However, Pogba started the season in fine form, scoring in both of United’s opening 2 matches. Since then he has only managed 1 goal and 3 assists, far from what was expected from the big money midfielder.
It would be surprising to see him on the bench under Solskjear, and he could become a key figure in United’s revival. As an FPL asset, Pogba is still the teams penalty taker and proven to have an eye for a goal or assist.
We would expect Martial to be better FPL value, playing further forward and at a cheaper price. However, Pogba is certainly one to watch and if given the license to attack as he does for the national team, could be a great pick.
Luke Shaw (£4.9m/4.7%)
Currently injured, Shaw had looked to of won over Mourinho starting 12 league matches this season. Holted by injury, he has managed to score 1 and assist 2 goals adding an attacking element to his game. There is an element of rotation risk, with Young also fighting for the full back position.
We usually associate United with a solid defence, keeping 18 clean sheets last season. This year however has been a different story, only managing 2 clean sheets in 17 league matches. If Solskjear is able to tighten the defence, then Shaw could be a bargain defender option for FPL managers.
Romelu Lukaku (£10.7m/4.4%)
Our last pick is Belgian’s all-time leading goalscorer, Romelu Lukaku. Although he has looked a shadow of the man who plays for the national team, its worth remembering that the man can score. He has scored 101 league goals in his previous 6 seasons, averaging 17 goals per campaign.
Lukaku currently has 6 goals this season, although has only scored 2 since GW5. It’s clear that he has struggled this season but we believe that he has the track record to still score plenty of goals. He is no question the clubs number 1 striker and could be one to watch if the current premium strikers – Kane, Aguero and Aubameyang – don’t perform.
We believe that these players are the best FPL options for the remainder of the season. But as we mentioned before, don’t rush to own these players and expect miracles. We can’t see United competing for anything other than a top 4 push, but you would expect a reaction from the players. Cardiff away this weekend seems a tough game for United, but will be a great game for FPL managers to assess the team. For those desperate to own them, GW19 against Huddersfield (H) looks the best entry points for these assets.
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