Lin­gard the leader

Red Devil one of top cap­taincy choices along with Lukaku and Mo­rata

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The Premier League is back af­ter a break in the ac­tion ow­ing to the do­mes­tic cup fix­tures and it’s time to mull over your Fan­tasy Premier League team again.

The Dou­ble Game­week didn’t de­liver the way many hoped, es­pe­cially with Harry Kane draw­ing a blank over his two fix­tures for Tot­ten­ham.

Manch­ester United face a com­fort­able tie against man­ager­less Stoke City while Arse­nal travel to Bournemouth. Mean­while, Manch­ester City and Liver­pool go head-to-head at An­field as Chelsea host Le­ices­ter. Tot­ten­ham en­ter­tain a stub­born Ever­ton de­fence.

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Cap­tain Jesse Lin­gard Man United 6.3M

Jesse Lin­gard was one of our picks to bring in a cou­ple of Game­weeks ago and now it’s time to go one step fur­ther and hand the United man the cap­tain’s arm­band.

The at­tack­ing mid­fielder has stepped up in the last month or so and Jose Mour­inho’s faith in him con­tin­ues to grow as a re­sult. He’s pro­vided re­turns in four of the last five GWs, man­ag­ing two dou­ble­fig­ure hauls over that pe­riod as well.

Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan still strug­gling for form, Lin­gard has as­sumed re­spon­si­bil­ity in that at­tack­ing mid­field role.

United face Stoke at home who have sacked man­ager Mark Hughes and haven’t kept a clean sheet for 12 games in the league.

Al­ter­na­tives Romelu Lukaku (11.3M)

Though he hasn’t lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions and has blanked in the last four GWs but at home, against a weak Stoke de­fence and af­ter be­ing af­forded a bit of a rest at long last, he must be con­sid­ered.

Al­varo Mo­rata (10.5M)

Mo­rata is in the same boat as the Bel­gian, wast­ing glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties of late. De­spite his poor the Chelsea striker re­mains an in­trigu­ing op­tion given the num­ber of chances he gets on the end of.

Fac­ing Le­ices­ter at home, the Spa­niard could fi­nally de­liver if he gets his fin­ish­ing right.

Bold Choice Marko Ar­nau­tovic (7.0M)

Ar­nau­tovic is a slight doubt this week­end and that makes cap­tain­ing him even more risky.

He didn’t fea­ture in West Ham’s last fix­ture away to Spurs but prior to that, he de­liv­ered re­turns in five of the pre­vi­ous six GWs.

Lin­san­ity: Jesse Lin­gard has quickly be­come one of United’s most im­por­tant pieces, de­spite not be­ing their most glam­orous star.

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