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Ander Herrera overcame worries associated with his rib issues and started the match against West Brom and played 45 minutes.

The fact that Herrera started and played 45 minutes means that he should at least be considered a potential starter against Chelsea next weekend. The fact that he came off at halftime may mean that the rib injury is such that taking the inevitable clattering that goes with being a Premier League midfielder is too much. Given the task at hand on Sunday it will be interesting to see how LVG chooses to go with his choice in central midfield.
Oct 22 - 1:16 PM

The good news is the Phil Jones returned to the starting line-up, the bad news is that the results weren't great.

The first goal that Manchester United allowed appeared to be more of a breakdown of the left side of the defense with Angel Di Maria and Luke Shaw both caught out of position. The second goal was mostly a result of Rafael not being on the same page with his central defenders and allowing Saido Berahino to run behind the center backs and still be onside for a breakaway. Neither would indicate that Jones was at fault for either goal per se but Louis Van Gaal will have hoped for a better overall showing from Jones and the defense in general as they come back to health.
Oct 22 - 1:10 PM

Daley Blind earned Manchester United a point with his goal to tie the score late in the match.

Before anyone gets too excited about Daley Blind's potential as a fantasy player, it is worth noting that he has no track record of scoring on a regular basis. Considering that his previous track record was established in Holland where everyone seems to score a ton of goals it is probably a pretty reasonable assumption that he won't transform into a goal-scorer anytime soon. It is also worth mentioning that in the Yahoo scoring system that a yellow card and a few fouls committed dropped his fantasy total under 10 despite a goal counting for 10 by itself (when the SOT is taken into account).
Oct 22 - 1:06 PM

Angel Di Maria continued his exceptional form on Monday despite United dropping two points to the Baggies at the Hawthorns.

Angel Di Maria continues to be one of THE signings of the summer. He didn't score a goal but he got an assist and generally filled the stat sheet with goodness. In addition to his assist on Marouane Fellaini's goal at the start of the second half the Argentine managed three shots on target, three successful crosses, and five corners won. On another day it would have been a huge day for him instead of just a very good one.
Oct 22 - 1:02 PM

Adnan Januzaj got a start in the match against West Brom but didn't contribute a great deal.

It was a bit of a shock to see Januzaj's name on the team sheet given that Ander Herrera was also back and there is generally a glut of attacking players available to Louis Van Gaal. The Belgium international didn't do a great deal to endear himself to his new manager during the 2-2 draw. With Rooney back from suspension after the Chelsea match and Falcao presumably recovered from his international duties, it seems unlikely that Januzaj will get another start in the league soon.
Oct 22 - 12:59 PM

Marouane Fellaini hasn't played much under Louis Van Gaal due to injury and uncertainty of where he fits but he came on at halftime to score a crucial equalizer.

Manchester United's recent momentum was halted as they dropped two points against West Brom on Monday and looked poor in doing so. United may have controlled possession but Albion were more dangerous and Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino caught United's defense out of alignment on long balls on either side of halftime. Marouane Fellaini came on at halftime and did a nice job to convert a Angel Di Maria cross that still required the big Belgian to do some work to score. Daley Blind's 88th minute shot found it's way through multiple diving defenders to level the score but United couldn't mount a successful late rally and had to settle for a single point from a match that they would have expected to win.
Oct 20 - 5:03 PM

Louis Van Gaal did not list Ander Herrera among the players unavailable for Week 8 vs. West Brom.

Ander Herrera has missed time with a broken rib and his prognosis was unclear going into the international break. Louis Van Gaal didn't go so far as to say that Herrera was available to start but he was not listed among the group that would be unavailable for the match Monday with the Baggies. Only Jonny Evans, Paddy McNair, Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia (all injured) and Wayne Rooney (suspended) were mentioned as unavailable. Herrera is probably not worth starting in salary cap leagues due to the uncertainty but if you have the flexibility to wait until line-ups come out then you should make sure you have someone else available to sub in as this is the last match of the match week.
Oct 17 - 1:34 PM

Center back Phil Jones is available to ease Louis Van Gaal's defensive crisis as he returns to availability after being absent since mid-September.

It will be fascinating to see how LVG lines up as his walking wounded get healthy. It seems likely that he will have both Phil Jones and Ander Herrera back from injury as well as Tyler Blackett back from suspension. The Dutch manager has been playing a 4-4-2 in recent weeks and it is unclear whether that is a strategic move now that he knows his personnel better or a tactical decision based on the unavailability of his best central defenders due to injuries. Jones seems likely to partner Rojo centrally with Luke Shaw and Rafael out wide.
Oct 17 - 1:26 PM

Rafael comes with a premium price-tag in the Yahoo fantasy game, but he could be worth the investment as Manchester United travel to West Brom.

Once upon a time Rafael was one of the most productive defenders in the Yahoo fantasy game, and there are signs that form may be returning under new manager Louis van Gaal. The right-back is picking up an array of fantasy points for attacking and defending, despite the lack of clean sheets for Manchester United, and he can build on recent performances with another solid score against West Brom.
Oct 17 - 7:27 AM

Wayne Rooney scored to give England a 1-0 win over Estonia in EURO 2016 qualifications.

Rooney didn't play a particularly good match but his goal was enough to give England the win. Jack Wilshere impressed with a fantastic passing display on Sunday and his form should push him in Arsenal's starting XI, especially considering Aaron Ramsey's absence. England now have three wins from three matches and are in a strong position to quality for EURO 2016.
Source: Livescore
Oct 12 - 10:50 PM

We've been waiting for Falcao to have a fantasy week worthy of his transfer fee and Week 7 was it with a goal capping a strong all-around performance.

Goals always make fantasy performances look better even if the player only managed to touch the ball once in the entire match. If that touch was a goal then it looks great on paper. Falcao went well beyond that in Week 7 adding a blocked shot, two shots on target, and two corners won to his match-winning goal. A positive sign for those who own Falcao and maybe not the best news for anyone counting on Wayne Rooney being a focal point of the United attack when he returns from suspension.
Oct 8 - 3:18 PM

Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao led Manchester United to a 2-1 win over Everton.

Di Maria continued his incredibly impressive start to his Premier League career by registering a goal and an assist. He was active the entire match, shooting at will and registering ten crosses into Everton's box. He has been well worth his price and has even helped Manchester into the top four of the table. United seem to be finding their flow and their players are becoming more and more important to own in fantasy.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 5 - 9:31 AM

Marouane Fellaini is available for Louis Van Gaal after over a month on the injured list but even with a long list of walking wounded it isn't clear if the Belgian has a place for United.

The best bet for Fellaini will be deputizing while Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick are still on the mend. The former Everton man's issue remains the same, he's never really found a spot where he fits in at United. His best position at Everton, the Tim Cahill role, will likely be filled by Juan Mata while Wayne Rooney is suspended. There is an opening farther back in midfield but Fellaini hasn't performed well when asked to play a slightly deeper-lying role. Given the injury crisis, if he can't find a spot now then it seems likely he never will.
Oct 3 - 3:04 PM

Falcao can grab his first Manchester United goal this weekend as Everton visit Old Trafford.

We can't be the only soccer fans feeling that Rooney's three match ban could actually benefit Manchester United. Louis van Gaal has found it difficult to find a place for all his attacking talent so far, but the predicted starting XI without his captain actually looks to have a better balance on paper, and Falcao could benefit with a proper number 10 feeding him by scoring his first Premier League goal against Everton.
Oct 3 - 4:54 AM

Angel di Maria finally had a clunker of a match after three weeks of strong contributions after his arrival at Old Trafford.

Angel di Maria is human after all. His first three matches with the Red Devils had fantasy managers drooling but his fourth was a bit of a dud despite his club winning the match. He won two corners and intercepted a pass but that was about it which is a bit surprising for a player as talented as he is. Still, absolutely no reason to panic as he'll surely be back to his best sooner rather than later.
Oct 1 - 2:58 PM

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