For the first time this season, Sergio Aguero (£12.2m) was the most popular captaincy choice in Fantasy Premier League but more than one million managers are now looking to their vice-captain after he was an unused substitute against Crystal Palace.
FPL managers turned to the Manchester City forward after he delivered a goal or an assist in seven of eight Gameweek appearances.
However, despite having a rest in the international break, he remained on the bench for the Gameweek 9 encounter at Selhurst Park.
Sterling was the second-most picked captain and claimed five points after delivering his first assist of the season, for David Silva's goal.
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It's a very different story for the top 100 FPL managers, with Tammy Abraham (£7.7m) the No 1 choice and Aguero not making the top three.
However, Mane could only claim two points at Old Trafford.
Chelsea pair Abraham and Mason Mount (£6.8m) completed the top three. With four goals and one assist this season, 36.8 per cent-owned Mount has seen his price rise by £0.8m since Gameweek 1.
With a clean sheet against Newcastle, Mount picked up three points.
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Salah was the most transferred-out player as managers made the swap to Mane.
The Egyptian, who is without a goal since Gameweek 5, may not be out for long, with a return possible in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League match with Genk, according to Jurgen Klopp.
Teemu Pukki (£7.1m) was a close second to Salah, with 569,000+ managers losing patience with the Finn.
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Part 2: GW9 bonus points: Robertson claims a maximum
Part 3: GW9 review: Silva among dominant differentials
Part 4: GW9 stats: Double armband misery for FPL managers
Part 5: GW9 Lessons: Think twice before you axe Aguero
Part 6: GW9 Lessons: Time to sell on Salah?