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£4.0m man starts for Man United as Villa without key personnel

Brandon Williams (£4.0m) makes his first Premier League start of the season as Manchester United host Brighton on Sunday afternoon.

The left-back has enjoyed game-time in the Europa League thus far but has been limited to two substitute appearances in the top-flight.

Circumstances have conspired to help him into the team for the visit of Brighton with Luke Shaw (£5.4m) still out injured and Ashley Young (£5.4m) serving a one-match suspension.

All eyes will be on Williams in this encounter as the prospect of a £4.0m option starting regularly in the Manchester United defence is hugely exciting.

The Red Devils have further appealing fixtures on the horizon including so such a budget asset could be very helpful.

However, he will still have to keep Young out of the team for Gameweek 13, when he returns from suspension so there’s a long way to go yet.

Elsewhere in the Red Devils’ team, Harry Maguire (£5.4m) and Victor Lindelöf (£5.4m) have shaken off their yellow flags to both start at centre-back.

Anthony Martial (£7.7m) leads the Manchester United attack, with Marcus Rashford (£8.5m) and Daniel James (£6.2m) either side of him.

Graham Potter continues to prove how much he enjoys rotating his players as Pascal Groß (£6.4m), one of Brighton’s best performers of late, is left on the bench.

Leandro Trossard (£5.8m) comes in for his first start since Gameweek 4, while Steven Alzate (£4.5m) provides the width on the other side of the Seagulls 4-4-2.

Neal Maupay (£6.1m) and Aaron Connolly (£4.7m) retain their starting berths up-front.

Wolves have lined up in a 3-4-3 formation for their derby with Aston Villa.

That sees Diogo Jota (£6.1m) and Adama Traoré (£5.1m) flanking Raúl Jiménez (£7.3m).

Short of defensive personnel, Nuno Espirito Santo has selected Romain Saïss (£4.4m), Conor Coady (£5.0m) and Leander Dendoncker (£4.4m) at centre-back.

Meanwhile, owners of Wolves attacking assets may be happy to see that Villa come to Molineux short of some key personnel, especially in defence.

The Birmingham Mail reported this afternoon that Tom Heaton (£4.5m) and Bjorn Engels (£4.5m) both sustained injuries this week.

That sees Ezri Konsa (£4.3m) come in for his first start of the season at centre-back while Jed Steer (£4.4m), first-choice during Villa’s promotion run, fills in between the sticks.

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Williams, Maguire, Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka; Fred, McTominay; James, A Pereira, Rashford; Martial.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI: Ryan; Burn, S Duffy, Dunk, Montoya; Alzate, Propper, D Stephens, Trossard; Maupay, Connolly.

Wolves XI: Patrício; Saïss, Coady, Dendoncker; Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Doherty; D Jota, Jiménez, Traoré.

Aston Villa XI: Steer; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Guilbert; McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Nakamba; Trézéguet, Wesley, El Ghazi.

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1,420 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Took a -8 to bring in Maddison and Jimenez for sterling and greenwood.

    I’d have played Yarmolenko had I not made the transfers so it’s currently 18 vs 10

    Sterling’s performance decides if it pays off but fairly happy so far

  2. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Where’s my 3 bonus Martial? Concedes 3 gets 3 bonus doh

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      9 saves
      +
      Potter style must make him complete more passes

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Aye, shame, shame Martial forced a few of them saves, should have conceded more

    2. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      My ML rival started Dunk and Ryan!!!!

      1. Devo-McDuff
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Doesn’t sound like much competition

  3. Zlatanzo
      1 month, 1 day ago

      77% to 28% win rate for United when Martial starts vs when he doesn't since OGS
      5 returns from 6 starts this season...
      but keep calling Martial a trap whilst us owners enjoy the points 🙂

      1. Nicepix
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        The problem is that he has only played half a season in each of the last three. I have him so I see the value when he's on the pitch. But I can see others point of view too.

        Still, 10 points today banked!

      2. yer old da
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Amen brother

    • tisza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Time for Vvd set piece goal ( been waiting far too long). Got to be a chance against stones and fernadinho.

      1. Nicepix
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I was thinking the same myself. Fingers crossed or thumbs held dependent on where you live.

    • Would Ed Woodward
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Punting on Doherty for the last 4 has been so frustrating, love him as a player but every single game he was close to a haul and came out with nothing.

      • Niho992
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Come on you mighty reds. In next 90 minutes im not worry about fantasy. All i want is win !

        Lets go !

      • Super Saints
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        3 baps for Ryan despite conceding 3 goals?

        1 bap for Dunk with a yellow and 3 goals conceded?

        1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          yep

        2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          no baps for Dunk.

        3. Gentle_Turks
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          You read it wrong...0 baps for Dunk.

      • FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Which transfer do you prefer?

        A) Soy/Tomori/Lundstram to Robbo
        B) Son to Sterling
        C) Mount to Martial/Pulisic )

        Team:
        TAA Soy Lundstram
        Mane KDB Son Mount
        Vardy Tammy Jimenez
        _____
        Button; Hayden Tomori Kelly

        2.5 itb 1 ft

        1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          A

        2. tomasjj
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          a

      • Trophé Mourinho
          1 month, 1 day ago

          can (M)ane, TAA, Robbo and KDB get me like 45 points?

          1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Yeah no problem at all mate

        • BrutalLogiC
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Nice start to this game! More like that please...

        • ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          KDB should have had 2 assists by now...

        • Luka - Man Like Serbia
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Salah!! Glad i kept him!

        • Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Salah

        • ZICO SENNA
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Knew he’d score, get in Salah!

        • De Gea Van Dijk. 10
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Not doing Otabendy>Bendy now.

          Doing Otabendy>Ricarico.

        • De Gea Van Dijk. 10
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Salam.

        • Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Looked offside?

        • Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Jimmi flagged?