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Will Champions League Football Improve Manchester United?

Will Champions League Football Improve Manchester United?

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Will Champions League Football Improve Manchester United?

No one doubts the benefits of Champions League football when it comes to attracting the top players. The transfers of Memphis Depay, Schweinsteiger, Darmian and potentially Pedro would have all been a little more difficult to finalise had the prospect of football’s elite competition not been on the agenda at Old Trafford this season. The 3-1 win in the first leg of the play-off against Club Brugges signaled a massive improvement in the performance of the United players and particularly in Memphis who LVG stated he ‘could kiss him’ following his two goals and an assist on Tuesday evening.

The question for us Fantasy Premier League purists is whether or not the return of Champions League action will signal an improvement in Manchester United’s Premier League form, something that last season Van Gaal said helped other teams. Certainly for a team that has plenty of new faces, you would imagine more regular football would help them to gel together faster, something that Memphis certainly seemed to benefit from against Club Brugges.

Manchester United face a Newcastle side that is trying to gel new players together and new manager Steve McClaren would be the first to admit that it has been a mixed bag for the Magpies so far this term. He will be relishing the test of Manchester United this weekend but something tells me that United might be about to pick up the form that we saw at times in pre-season.

There is no doubting that the Premier League start has been poor for The Red Devils and United Captain Wayne Rooney has had a slow start to the season himself, but there were flashes against Spurs and Aston Villa (albeit quite few and far between) from the team and with a completely dominating European performance under their belts the players should be taking lots of confidence in to the Newcastle game.

In terms of where we stand from a Fantasy Premier League standpoint, where are the players who could bring rewards in game week 3 and beyond and where does the value lie?


Januzaj - £5.5m

The reintroduction of the young Belgian was key at Aston Villa and he was a bright spark in a fairly drab affair. If he continues to play for Man Utd this season and we think he will be used fairly often, then he could become a must have player. Playing in Wayne Rooney’s old no.10 role last week, he could become a big differential player! The biggest threat to Janujaz is the potential arrival of Pedro, which could see the Belgian returning to the subs bench.


Memphis - £8.5m

Big things have been predicted for Memphis this season and we were amongst those tipsters who said he would have a big season. Two games in and lot’s of people were already writing him off, but suddenly a big Champions League performance has caused people to give him a reprieve. He could be a good captain option for game week 3 and we would not be surprised to see him become a regular scorer for United before too long. The biggest problem is his price tag as he is in the bracket of Ozil, Ramsey, Cazorla, Coutinho, Toure etc. but again, if differential is your thing then keep the faith in Memphis!


Darmian - £5.7m

Another player that we tipped massively pre-season is the Italian right back Darmian. He has showed a real quality to aid United to two clean sheets in as many games and has picked up 5 bonus points in those two games. United look to have more strength to their defence this season and we expect that to continue – currently Darmian is a cheap way in to that defence.

Juan Mata - £8.5m

The man who at one point looked like his face wouldn’t fit at United has come back stronger than ever this season and looks to be a crucial player for the team. Although he lacks the pace of Memphis, there is no doubting his quality and as a regular set piece taker he will get his fair share of points this season. Another good differential player.

Wayne Rooney - £10.5m

Tipped by us at the start of the season, we are sticking by our faith in the Man Utd and England skipper. He had a poor game at Villa (but so did plenty of other United players) but he will get plenty of chances this season, particularly in home games like the one this weekend. The price tag is hefty and so FPL managers will not have much patience with him… but give him time and he will score. If you have him then we’d say to at least give him the Newcastle game.

What are your thoughts on Manchester United? Will they be title contenders? Will they finish in the top 4? Let us know in the comments box below.


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