United have been the most intriguing team to watch this pre-season. Unfortunately for the rest of the competition we have seen the back of Moyes, with Van Gaal taking over. They’re unbeaten in pre-season, with a change of formation currently paying dividends. Some kind fixtures to kick start their campaign makes them very fantasy relevant, with some form of ownership a must.
This all depends on whether they play 3 or 4 at the back, but at this stage the former is looking like the way they will kick-off the season. This means they will start 3 CB’s, making Jones a fairly safe selection. Evans should be next in line (Yes, they need some fixing in defence) whilst Smalling is the one who could make way for a new signing. The wing backs are an interesting proposition. Shaw is obviously the most popular selection, but with Young in some great form and Shaw currently not up to the required fitness level, he may miss the first gameweek. Make no mistake, Shaw should be the number one selection in that position, but the tendancy for rotation seeing as he’s so young makes me inclined to avoid, especially with other options at a cheaper price. Rafael is a no go zone with Valencia clearly first choice. De Gea is locked on in goals.
Fletcher will fill in whilst Carrick is injured, with Fellaini on the outer. They could use another signing in the holding midfield role for sure. Herrera will occupy the central midfield role without too much competition. It’s a big call to avoid him, but I can’t see his role being too fantasy relevant. He’s no Yaya Toure. Valencia should be avoided in his wing-back role, whilst guys like Januzaj and Nani are unlikely to get much of a run. Young has shown some promising form pre-season form and should be monitored, although he will be up against Shaw once fit. Mata should have the role in behind the strikers all to himself, and looks great value at 9.0.
The front 3 will be locked on when all are at full fitness, either Welbeck or Hernandez will fill in when one is missing, with Rooney capable of dropping into the number 10 role if Mata goes down. With RVP set to miss the start of the season, Hernandez looks to have sealed first go at partnering Rooney, but it shouldn’t last long.
CONSIDER: RVP, Mata, Jones, De Gea
WAIT & SEE: Young
So there it is. Hopefully Seags will be back tomorrow, if not I will fill in once again. The defenders analysis will be up soon, until then! Cheers.