Stoosher, at All Things FPL:
While Steven Gerrard’s unconscionable red card paved the way for Manchester United’s 2-1 win at Anfield on Sunday, the first half was a superb United performance and deserved 1-0 HT lead. Juan Mata’s best performance in red may have a few knee-jerkers ready to pull the trigger, but Louis van Gaal’s measured post-game comments about finding ‘balance’ in the team should give pause. Arguably the best player in the Premier League just two seasons ago, and even with a season stunted by Jose Mourinho’s unwillingness to use him in the first half of last year, Mata has averaged 166 fantasy points per year in his first three full seasons. Unless you quickly checked, you are probably shocked to know he has 103 fantasy points to date this season as well as three double figure gameweeks. In only 19 starts. It will be a brave manager who decides to use 8.3 mil of budget on a player who is, seemingly, not yet nailed on, but if Mata does get eight more starts, well, you could see the Spaniard getting to 150 fantasy points and play a part as a massive differential given that most of his 6% ownership are probably ‘ghost ships’.