Manchester United – Best Players, Predicted Lineup & More

Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek 1 is getting closer and closer and we are profiling all 20 Premier League teams ahead of the start of the season.

We are continuing our team-by-team guides with Manchester Unitedsee what their players have to offer.

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LAST SEASON: ATTACK

Total Ranking against other Premier League clubs
Goals scored 57 8th
Blows 508 5th
Shots in the box 325 5th
Shoot the target 182 6th
great odds 82 5th
Expected goals (xG) 62.27 6th

It was a disappointing follow-up to Manchester United’s 2020/21 second-place finish. The fans were back in the stadiums, a lot of money had been spent on Jadon Sancho (£7.5m) while Cristiano Ronaldo (£10.5m) returned to the club after a 12-year absence.

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

Under Solskjaer, goalkeeper Michael Carrick and caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick, their underlying attacking stats roughly match their sixth-place finish, despite their 57 goals being beaten by seven other teams.

Highlights included the 5-1 matchday one win over Leeds United, where Bruno Fernandes (£10.0million) scored 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 top scorer with 18 league goals but has barely featured in friendlies as reports continue to insist he wants to leave the club immediately.

However, that 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 for a new era for this underachieving giant.

LAST SEASON: DEFENSE

Total Ranking against other Premier League clubs
Goals conceded 57 13th
Clean sheets 8 =12th
Taken blows 511 12th
Shots in the box received 325 11th
Shots received 180 14th
Big chances conceded 75 13th
Expected goals conceded (xGC) 61.30 11th

A huge problem for Ten Hag to solve is the Man United defence. Ranking at the bottom of the average table for allowing attempts, big chances and shots on target, their eight clean sheets were outnumbered by new boys Brentford and relegated Burnley, worsened only by four more.

What’s more, there have been six embarrassing occasions when they’ve conceded at least four goals – including against Manchester City, both times against Liverpool and a May slump at Brighton and Hove Albion.

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

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


OPENING

The toughest games against the top five of last season are spread pretty evenly throughout the first few months, meaning Ten Hag’s side never get a really good or bad streak.

This is supported by our Season Ticker, which ranks matches based on difficulty and relative difficulty. The latter consistently keeps Man United sixth for the opening four, six, eight and ten games.

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

GAMEWEEK 1 LINE-UP PLANNED

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