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Man Utd differentials deliver for weekly winner

The Scout 18 Apr 2017
Manchester United's Ander Herrera

A pair of unlikely Red Devils signings carry Ibrahim Dirir to the FPL Manager of the Week prize

Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea not only opened up the title race, it also powered one Fantasy Premier League manager to an astonishing Gameweek triumph.

Entering his “L3Gendary XI” line-up for the first time in Gameweek 33, Ibrahim Dirir’s confidence in Jose Mourinho’s men was to prove pivotal. 

A graphic of the FPL Gameweek 33 Manager of the Week's team: Lloris; Bailly, Lovren, Kompany; Shaqiri, Herrera, Son, Chamberlain; Negredo, Kane, Rashford

An inspired move for striker Marcus Rashford (£6.5m), combined with swoops for defender Eric Bailly (£5.4m) and midfielder Ander Herrera (£6.3m) delivered 27 points from Sunday’s contest.

Rashford capitalised on a rare start up front to score the opening goal, while Herrera went on to produce 13 points – by far his biggest return of the campaign.

They were joined in Ibrahim’s line-up by a cast of fellow differentials. 

Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany (£5.9m), owned by only 0.5% of FPL managers, delivered the highest individual score of the Gameweek with 14 points in the 3-0 win at Southampton.

Meanwhile, Ibrahim also chose to put faith in the 3.0%-owned Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri (£6.0m), who supplied just his second double-figure score of the season in the victory over Hull City, contributing a further 13 points.

While those were risky acquisitions, Ibrahim took few chances with his captaincy. 

Harry Kane, Spurs
Ibrahim's captain, Harry Kane, contributed 24 points to his unbeatable Gameweek 33 tally

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane (£11.5m) claimed the armband and duly delivered his seventh double-digit haul, scoring 12 points after a goal, assist and maximum bonus points in Spurs’ 4-0 win over AFC Bournemouth.

Admittedly, fortune also played its part in Ibrahim’s achievement, with Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (£5.5m) and Middlesbrough forward Alvaro Negredo (£6.2m) swapped off the bench to supply a further 14 points.

But, with no chip in play and some extraordinary signings delivering big, Ibrahim was deserving of such luck.

As Manager of the Week, he earns a copy of FIFA 17, a Nike Ordem 4 match ball and an FPL mug, all packaged in a Fantasy Premier League rucksack.

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