MANCHESTER UNITED’s most-popular players have stumbled out of the blocks in Dream Team this season.
Erik ten Hag’s side started with a win against Wolves but they were largely outplayed at Old Trafford and ultimately benefited from the visitors’ wastefulness.
In Gameweek 2, the Red Devils travelled to north London for an entertaining clash with Tottenham but one that ended in a 2-0 defeat.
DREAM TEAMMany of Man United’s popular stars have produced few points between them so far[/caption]
It’s early days but several widely-selected assets have provided meagre returns for Dream Team managers.
Only Erling Haaland (£8.6m) amassed more points than Marcus Rashford (£6.3m) last season but the England international has mustered just six points from two outings so far this term.
The 25-year-old’s ownership of 21.1% makes him the fourth-most popular striker in the game at present.
Mason Mount (£3.4m) was hugely popular prior to Gameweek 1 with many gaffers seeing him as a value-for-money selection.
However, the ex-Chelsea midfielder has struggled to make a positive impact in his new surroundings so far and has returned just four points as a result.
That’s a disastrous result for the Dream Team bosses who opted to spend £3.5m of their initial budget on Mount rather than Kaoru Mitoma or Solly March.
Man United have underwhelmed in their opening two gamesGETTY
Most disappointing of all has been Lisandro Martinez (£3.8m).
The World Cup winner remains the eighth-most selected defender in Dream Team but probably not for long after his own goal at Spurs.
The ex-Ajax centre-back was replaced at half-time against Wolves and his scuffed clearance that ended up in Andre Onana’s (£4.2m) net capped a miserable opening to the new campaign.
At the time of writing, Martinez has ZERO points to his name!
Bruno Fernandes (£6.4m) has ticked over well enough with ten points thanks to some tackles and big chances created but even his owners may be feeling tad twitchy.
So should gaffers act this week to replace Man United’s stuttering stars?
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With Manchester City set to face Sheffield United, moving from Rashford and company to Phil Foden (£4.4m) and friends looks a smart move on paper.
However, it could be argued that Ten Hag’s men deserve more time to prove themselves.
They welcome Nottingham Forest to Old Trafford in Gameweek 3 which has to be considered one of the most favourable fixtures possible.
Steve Cooper’s side are no pushovers at the City Ground but they have a miserable record on the road.
If the hosts aren’t able to cash in this Saturday then there won’t be much hope of them producing substantial returns the following week away to Arsenal or against Brighton after the international break.
All eyes on Old Trafford this weekend – no more excuses!