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Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes prove they are must have picks for Dream Team gaffers despite their high prices

Me: It’s important to not get carried away after one round of fixtures.

Also me: How can I fit eight Manchester United players in my XI and still have a balanced squad?

The Premier League returned this weekend and lived up to expectations with a whopping 33 goals scored over ten fixtures.

But it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in particular who got tongues wagging.

The Red Devils produced an attacking masterclass to thump Leeds 5-1 to well and truly show their title credentials.

Paul Pogba kicked the 2021-22 campaign off in style with four assists

Paul Pogba kicked the 2021-22 campaign off in style with four assists


And Dream Team bosses are now left with the unenvious task of deciding who are the must haves and who are merely one-week wonders.

Bruno Fernandes (£6.5m) was the biggest winner, scoring a hat-trick and claiming 28 points for his 59.3% ownership.

The Portuguese midfielder should surely be considered ‘essential’ by gaffers up and down the land in his advanced role.

But he’s not the only United player worth considering – not by a long shot.

Just 6.5% of bosses backed midfielder Paul Pogba (£4.5m) to deliver and they were rewarded with an 11-point haul as the Frenchman laid on FOUR assists for his colleagues.

Bruno Fernandes registered a whopping 28 points for his owners

Bruno Fernandes registered a whopping 28 points for his owners

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A fit and firing Pogba is dangerous to ignore for anyone – especially with fixtures against Southampton, Wolves and Newcastle on the horizon.

Another candidate for selection is Mason Greenwood (£3.5m), who raced clear to restore United’s lead with a clinical finish.

The teenager grabbed eight points and was heralded for his mature display.

However, it might be sensible to show caution on this occasion with Edinson Cavani (£4.5m) returning, Anthony Martial (£3m) nearing full fitness and a probable start for Jadon Sancho (£4.5m).

United’s defensive assets were unfortunate not to keep a clean sheet having looked solid throughout. Only Luke Ayling’s thunderbolt could prevent a shut out for Harry Maguire and Co.

Leeds were limited to just three efforts on target with only Manchester City and Chelsea bettering that record this weekend.


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