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Ibrahimovic brace punishes FPL doubters

The Scout 7 Nov 2016
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United

Man Utd striker returns to scoresheet but is derailed by Gameweek 12 suspension

The Bonus Points

Two goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.1m) helped Manchester United to a comfortable 3-1 victory at Swansea City, and the Swede to maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points.

The forward posted a Bonus Points System score of 58, having completed 87% of 63 attempted passes, in addition to his two strikes.

A pair of assists for Wayne Rooney (£8.6m) brought the recalled United skipper two additional points, tallying 32 in the BPS.

Rooney completed 87% of his 68 passes and four dribbles against the Swans.

Paul Pogba (£8.2m), scorer of the opening goal, was handed the final bonus point on offer, with 29 in the BPS.

The Frenchman made more passes than any other player on show, completing 95% of his 98 attempts. He also contributed 13 recoveries to the rearguard effort.

The ICT Index

Ibrahimovic led the way in the ICT Index with a score of 13.5, although a Threat score of 36 was his third lowest of the season.

He registered seven touches in the Swansea penalty area but produced just two attempts on goal - scoring with both.

Wayne Rooney, Man Utd
Wayne Rooney returned to the teamsheet to lay on both of Manchester United's goals, ranking him top for assists among FPL forwards with four

He had averaged 5.7 attempts per match before Sunday's encounter.

Rooney was the standout player in terms of Creativity, with a score of 44. He provided three chances for team-mates, helping him to an overall tally of 10.6.

Pogba's busy all-round display earned him 9.4 in the Index.

The Frenchman received 31 passes and completed 30 of his own in the attacking third - in both cases, more than any other player.

The Scout Notes

Swansea City v Manchester United
Paul Pogba has fired in 33 attempts on goal this season, only four FPL midfielders can better that tally

After not scoring in his previous six Gameweeks, Ibrahimovic had been sold by over a million FPL owners since Gameweek 6.

His two goals halted that barren run but was accompanied by a costly fifth yellow card of the season.

Ibrahimovic is now suspended for the Gameweek 12 Old Trafford meeting with Arsenal and has been sold on by another 45,000 managers to this point. 

Pogba's performance again offered encouragement.

Gylfi Sigurddson, Swansea
Gylfi Sigurdsson has provided a goal or an assist in five of his last seven Gameweeks

Over the first 11 Gameweeks, only four other midfielders have fired in more than his 33 goal attempts, yet Pogba's goal in South Wales was only his second of the campaign.

Bob Bradley again made a raft of changes to the Swansea teamsheet, with the American opting for an unfamiliar 4-4-2 formation, as Borja Baston (£6.9m) partnered Fernando Llorente (£6.2) in attack.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's (£7.2m) assist for Mike van der Hoorn's (£4.3m) consolation goal means that the Icelander has now returned points in five of the last eight rounds of fixtures.

He remains the key FPL asset in the Swans camp, and could warrant investment once their fixtures improve from Gameweek 15 onwards.

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