Do you know the difference between the international break and the return of real football? It's the reaction to results.
We’re taking about an away game at a ground where the home side has a decent record. We’re talking about a supposedly superior team huffing and puffing their way to a pretty uninspiring 0-0 draw. And we’re talking about getting out of jail with a late, late winner?
And the response? Euphoria. Great headlines and predictions of a return to former glory?
If that line doesn't square with the reaction to Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of England, it's because that's not the game we mean.
We were taking about Manchester United’s restoration of ‘Fergie Time’ as Marcus ‘U21’ Rashford took the points late on away at Hull just a couple of weeks away.
And with the first game of the weekend being the Manchester derby and the mouthwatering clash between Jose and Pep, we take a look at the players that might be part of a winning weekend for Fanto managers.
Wayne Rooney – Fanto predicted points –8 points (3 for appearance and 5 for assist)
Is Wayne Rooney holding both Manchester United and England hostage? Suggestions that Jürgen Klinsmann turned down the England job due to ‘compromises’ set tongues wagging.
Then there was the curious comment that it wasn't for Big Sam ‘to tell Wayne Rooney where to play’. Speculation is mounting that Rooney’s position is contractual.
Surely Jose Mourinho will be the litmus test. This is the man than did not hesitate to drop Madrid legend Iker Casillas. And he will be unlikely to drop Rooney for the Manchester derby.
Rooney often rises to the big domestic occasions and we think Saturday will mark a return to goal scoring form.
Jack Wilshere - Fanto predicted points – 10 points (3 for appearance, 2 for clean sheet and 5 for assist)
Conspiracy theory lite this time with Wilshere’s surprise move to the South Coast. Is this the latest example of an English player unwilling to test himself abroad, preferring the familiar comfort of the Premier League?
Or is there deeper work at play from master strategist, Arsene Wenger?
He's on record as admiring the style of football instilled by Eddie Howe’s team. Could Wilshere’s stay also be a preliminary interview for the Arsenal manager’s job?
Whatever the long term implications, if Wilshere can stay fit then he has the potential to join Payet and Ozil as assist machines and Fanto is backing him to do just that.
Loic Remy - Fanto predicted points – 13 points (3 for appearance, 10 for a brace of goals)
Crystal Palace have had a quietly effective window. While West Brom have flailed around looking for a striker, Palace have found two with genuine Premier League pedigree.
First Benteke joined the fold and he has been joined by Loic Remy. His spell in obscurity at Chelsea has meant his effective spell at QPR has been all but forgotten.
So Fanto managers can do a lot worse than pick Remy as they loom to diversify their point scoring. And if you don't believe that it could be worse, keep in mind that Marouane Chamakh his having a trial at The Hawthorns. Oof..
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