Fantasy football: Premier League picks for your team this weekend


Jose Mourinho’s arrival and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival could mean a change of approach at Old Trafford

The festive season can be a time for celebration but it also causes plenty of headaches for fantasy football managers.

Will Premier League bosses rotate their players? Will a striker keep his form through the busy schedule?

We can’t offer any definitive answers but here are some tips for you before picking your team this weekend.


The biggest story in football this week has undoubtedly been the sacking of Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager and the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his place on an interim basis.

United players have struggled for points this season in ponderous team performances but the managerial change could make this a good time bring in a United player or two.

When managing in Norway, Solskjaer implemented an attacking style. His Molde team were comfortably the top scorers in the country’s top-flight last season.

Paul Pogba last scored or assisted in October

United also have favourable fixtures. They travel to Cardiff on Saturday and face Huddersfield and Newcastle over the festive period, two other teams firmly in the bottom half of the table.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial look like good options, or even striker Romelu Lukaku, who has scored 83% of his goals away from Old Trafford this season.

Players who had fallen out of favour with Mourinho could be reinvigorated too, none more so than a certain French midfielder.

Paul Pogba was left out of the starting line-up for Mourinho’s last three games in charge but Solskjaer has praised the midfielder heavily in the past.

Solskjaer managed Pogba when he was United reserve team manager between 2008 and 2011 and earlier this year said he would build a team around the Frenchman