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Ibrahimovic owners frustrated by FPL blank

By The Scout 23 Jan 2017
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United

The top Fantasy captain pick for Gameweek 22, Man Utd striker ends run of six straight returns as Wayne Rooney claims record

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The Bonus Points

Wayne Rooney's (£8.6m) record-breaking goal earned Manchester United a 1-1 draw at Stoke City, while also helping the striker to three Fantasy Premier League bonus points for the first time this season.

Rooney emerged from the bench to strike a superb stoppage-time free-kick, becoming Man Utd's all-time leading goalscorer and tallying 27 in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

United players monopolised the bonus points on offer in Saturday's stalemate, with Phil Jones (£4.9m) ranking next with 23 in the BPS.

The centre-back completed 93% of 44 passes, contributed 10 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and won two tackles to claim two bonus points.

Stoke City v Manchester United
Wayne Rooney became Man Utd's all-time leading goalscorer in the 1-1 draw at Stoke

Ander Herrera (£6.3m) picked up the remaining point with a BPS total of 22.

He completed 93% of his 110 passes at the bet365 Stadium, while also contributing seven CBI and 12 recoveries.

The ICT Index

Herrera also ranked highly in the ICT Index with a score of 10.7, firing four efforts on goal, albeit from outside the box, while also supplying two opportunities for team-mates.

But he trailed team-mate Paul Pogba (£8.5m) in the Index, as the Frenchman top scored with a total of 12.8.

Paul Pogba, Manchester United
Paul Pogba had four goal attempts and created two chances at Stoke

Pogba created two chances while firing in four efforts of his own, two of which arrived from inside the Stoke City penalty area.

The Scout Notes

Backed by 19.3% of FPL managers - the top captain pick for the weekend fixtures - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.7m) drew a blank for the first time since Gameweek 15.

That ended a run of six successive matches with either a goal or an assist, with the Swede mustering just a single effort on goal against the Potters.

Rooney produced three goal attempts in a 24-minute cameo but, with a starting role far from assured, he remains a peripheral figure for FPL managers.

Stoke City's Lee Grant
Lee Grant made seven saves, his biggest tally since the Gameweek 3 ftrip to Old Trafford

Elsewhere for Man Utd, Juan Mata (£7.2m) was recalled having been benched against Liverpool, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£8.9m) made a fourth successive start but again failed to score.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings, United record just five for their next three ties against Hull City (H), Leicester City (A) and Watford (H).

Pogba looks to be the main candidate for those FPL managers seeking to double-up with Ibrahimovic on United's attack over that spell.

At the back, Jones continues to present strong FPL value. Man Utd are unbeaten with the defender in the starting XI, keeping three clean sheets and conceding no more than one goal in each of his 11 starts.

Stoke's resilience was eventually breached by Rooney's late strike, with goalkeeper Lee Grant (£4.4m) making seven saves. That was his highest tally since the reverse fixture at Old Trafford in Gameweek 7.

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