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Fernandes starts at Brighton despite 120-minute FA Cup outing

Bruno Fernandes (£8.7m) has surprised Fantasy managers by starting for Manchester United’s trip to Brighton.

The Portuguese international played a full 120 minutes in an FA Cup win at Norwich on Saturday, suggesting that he might miss out on Gameweek 32+.

Despite having Andreas Pereira (£4.8m) and Juan Mata (£6.1m) on the bench, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Fernandes for a fourth start in all competitions since the Premier League resumed.

In light of extra-time in the FA Cup, it will be interesting to see how long the midfielder is able to last at the Amex Stadium though.

Fernandes will also be under the microscope of eagle-eyed Fantasy managers still curious about how he will cope with Paul Pogba (£8.3m) in the side.

The Frenchman made his first league start since Gameweek 7 when Sheffield United were dispatched 3-0 at Old Trafford, arguably overshadowing Ferandnes in the process.

Therefore, it will be important analyse whether or not the same will be true on the road, especially considering this is the same XI that Solskjaer named against the Blades.

That means another Premier League start for Mason Greenwood (£4.3m) on the flanks of attacking midfield, Marcus Rashford (£9.1m) on the opposite flank and Anthony Martial (£8.2m) in the centre-forward position.

The out-of-position FPL midfielder scored 10 points the last time he faced Brighton and launched himself onto the Fantasy radar with a hat-trick in Gameweek 31+.

Manchester United may not have it too easy at Brighton though. Notorious tinkerman Graham Potter has gone for an ultra-conservative formation, featuring a back-five and a trio of midfielders screening the defence.

Dan Burn (£4.5m) tucks in alongside Lewis Dunk (£4.7m) and Shane Duffy (£4.8m) at centre-back while Tariq Lamptey (£4.0m), who impressed against Leicester, could be up against Rashford.

Dale Stephens (£4.4m), Yves Bissouma (£5.0m) and Davy Pröpper (£4.8m) have been given the task of protecting the back-five, with creative players such as Aaron Mooy (£4.8m), Leandro Trossard (£5.8m) and Pascal Groß (£6.2m) on the bench.

Alexis Mac Allister (£5.5m) looks to be in a rather disconnected number 10 role just behind Aaron Connolly (£4.2m) in the lone-striker role, while Neal Maupay (£5.7m) finds himself among the substitutes.

Brighton and Hove XI (5-3-1-1): Ryan; Montoya, Burn, Duffy, Dunk, Lamptey; Bissouma, D Stephens, Pröpper; Mac Allister; Connolly.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka; Matic, Pogba; Rashford, B Fernandes, Greenwood; Martial.

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  1. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Can't remember the last time everyone was doubling and tripling up on United assets on here and willing em on.

    Nice to see,come on United. 🙂

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Sign Sancho and Utd would be looking good. Although a Matic replacement would make it even better:

      De Gea
      AWB Lindelof Maguire Shaw
      Fernandes Matic Pogba
      Sancho Martial Rashford

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Sancho would be a game changer for them

        Surely would be a stretch too far though

        1. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Almost every player who's come into Man United in the past 5 years has been expected to be a game changer. Sancho will be just one more of those.

          1. Egg noodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            (and United will continue dominating the mid table teams)

          2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Have to disagree - that kid is different gravy, or at least his output is

            17 goals & 17 assists in the Bundesliga from 30 games this season & he doesn’t turn 20 until next March

            To put that into context - when Sane was his age in the Bundesliga he was getting 8 goals & 6 assists from 33 games

            It’s the main reason why I can’t see Utd managing to sign him - much as it pains to say it, he looks like an absolute elite level, top of the range, Rolls-Royce player, will be very difficult to make that transfer happen

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              *21 next March, he’s already 20 🙂

      2. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Sancho would look good in that No.7 shirt alright.

        Marco Verratti would be my dream Matic replacement.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Veratti is a hothead ... Unreliable

          1. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            So was our most successful captain ever Amey,Roy Keane.

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Yeah let’s not start putting Veratti & Keane in the same sentence

              When Roy Keane wasn’t leading his team to 7 Premier League titles, he would go out and dominate prime Zidane & Davids in their own back yard, at a time when no English club had ever won on Italian soil, let alone over turned an aggregate deficit in a champions league semi final, all the while knowing he was missing the final either way

              Veratti meanwhile is a bit part midfielder in the biggest and most expensively assembled team of European bottlers the World has ever seen

              1. Ógie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                True that Max.

            2. Amey
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Point Noted !

      3. Berbs
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        He's perfect for them no doubt. Sky Sports said they don't want to pay more than 50m this summer.

        Presumably cos of the virus.

      4. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        He will cost fortune though 😮

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Last season
      Early Ole bounce

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Lingard Lukaku

    3. Gravless are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Surely City would want Sanco to replace Sane.

      1. UnitedRthebest
        3 months, 28 days ago

        But sancho would want first team football he wouldn’t get that 100% in a city team.

  2. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    I remember when OGS ran Marcus Rashford into the ground, destroyed Rashford's back, and then Rashford had to have a spell on the sidelines.

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Ole thinks it is like playing FIFA manager.

    2. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Hard to comment without having access to all the medical and sports science data available to Ole and his team. It's all speculation from our perspective.

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Pick one to have at your club for the rest of their career

    A. pogba
    B. Bruno

    1. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Pogba if i was managing.

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Bruno. Seems less moody, which is important for team morale.

    3. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Bruno because he's 2 years younger, could help us stay up a couple years more potentially.

  4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Let’s go Mason, Marcus, Martial

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      And Maguire

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        And Matic

        1. UnitedRthebest
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Don’t forget maya:)

          1. UnitedRthebest
            3 months, 28 days ago

            *mata

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Let’s go Utd!

  5. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Ole did say the players who played 120 minutes would be fine to start...

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      But but ...

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Running a half injured Rashford into the ground too showed his stance on this side of the game.

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        What back problem?!

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Naive
        Or ruthless
        Time will tell

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          The break definitely helped.

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            You bet 😉
            Rashford is still looking rusty though. Quite natural after so long layoff

        2. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          It does breed a certain mindset.

          Evra describes an encounter he had with Scholes in the medical room shortly after joining. After getting treatment, Scholes limped out of the room and returned to training. Evra was amazed that he was still training and felt guilty he was staying with only a minor knock when Scholes was pushing through a more serious one. Suddenly his mindset shifted. He went outside and joined Scholes with training and started the next game and was fine afterwards.

          Obviously you should listen to the medical team, but there is mental merit at least to pushing your body to the extremes. Maybe even physical ones too. This is from a place of ignorance though, I'm obviously not a sports scientist.

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            It doesnt help long term. Be honest and recover to be stronger for the game after

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Doing so for this mini season will make it easier.

            Longer term with UCL squeezed in instead of Europa for midweek games will be a test of it.

          3. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            I think if a player is exhausted no point in playing him.

            But if someone is playing out of passion, I don't think there is any better motivation for that.

            I mean you know Paul/Vida/Giggs/Neville/Keano would play their hearts out. And still get out of games without an injury.

            But when you see Martial/lingard/Pogba/Shaw they're just .... Soft 😀

            Can't expect them to go out of the way to help teams. Rashford is kind of a guy though. Maybe that lead to his stress related injury earlier this set

          4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            The vast majority of players will tell you they never really have the luxury of a 100% clean bill of health - particularly once they get into their later years

            Virtually all of them play with consistent knocks, niggles, frays, tears, sprains, strains - some players are luckier/of stronger constitution than others with their ability to play through those types of setbacks though

            And obviously catastrophic injuries are a different kettle of fish - Andre Gomes was NOT going to walk off the absolutely catastrophic effects of Aurier’s tackle on every ligament , bone & sinew in his ankle for example

            But he did it in November-ish was back sooner than Pogba was for his own ankle ligament knack...

          5. JohnnyRev7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Totally agree. Mental attitude controls and helps the body.

  6. Mikel Arteta
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Which one do you prefer?

    _ (Button)
    TAA Doherty Maguire _ (Lamptey)
    Salah KDB Martial _ _
    Rashford Jimenez (Nketiah)

    A) 4-4-2 with Ederson, Aurier, Mahrez (Saka on bench)

    B) 4-4-2 with Ederson, Alonso, Pulisic (Foden on bench)

    C) 3-5-2 with Martinez, Mahrez, Pulisic (Saiss on bench)

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      C

  7. Amey
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    I see too many excited United fans 😀
    Great to see that !!!

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      All Brighton aren’t we 😉

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Ha ha
        You have won the league ! What else do you want man 😀

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Well he wouldn’t mind a double or even a triple but that’s out the question!

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            😀

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          United social distancing from the UCL for a few more years 😉

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Ha ha
            Let's see ... This game will set the tone for reminder of the season for united i guess. All similar teams remaining now. Low blocks ...

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Yeah, they have the team to do it though.

              GW38 could be crazy for the Top 4 race.

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Great times for PL for sure !

    2. Pedersen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      I don't know why, but I am always seeing and reading your posts in comment feed, just as a game is going to start. Amey, may you forever be a part of my fpl!

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Ha ha ha

  8. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Come on Martial, same as last week buddy

    1. Lucy2019
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 28 days ago

      You might be waiting a few years.

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Lol
      I'm so sorry to say that. United managers and fans expecting that over last few years are pretty much disappointed to say the least 🙂

  9. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Time for Maguire 15 pointer...

  10. Berbs
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Martial blank please and then we'll work from there.

  11. endy919
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Rashford-Bruno-Greenwood

    come oooon

  12. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Really confused what to do with Sarr...tricky price point. have 2FTs and 0.2.

    DDG
    Taa Doherty Aurier -- Holgate Kiko
    Salah Kdb Sarr Bruno -- Guendouzi
    Dcl Rashford Jimmy

    A: Sarr + Aurier >> Pulisic + Taylor
    B: Sarr + Dohety >> Mahrez + Taylor
    C: Sarr + Kiko >> Alonso + Cantwell and play 433
    D: Drop Salah and spread the funds for Kane/Mahrez

  13. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Why wouldnt Bruno start? Ole has shown that he will rotate as little as humanly possible, at the risk of his own players..

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      You should have been around the team news buddy 🙂

  14. masyuris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Greenwood as my first bench

    Hope that Ritchie not play for GW 32+

  15. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    What do I want as a Jimmy capper and Martial + Bruno + Maguire owner from this game?

    Seeing Marital and Bruno are heavily owned and captained inside top 10K

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Points, points, points.

    2. Rondon9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      You want points, none above 100% EO

    3. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 28 days ago

      You want them all to score loads of points.

    4. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Martial's EO is only 46%

      1. Lucy2019
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 28 days ago

        54% must be elite managers.

  16. Lukakwho
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    This is a weird watch as a United fan with no United assets. Gonna cheer all the goals until I look at fantasy and I’m 40 points back.

    1. SuperMane Returns
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Sofa?

  17. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Ole running Bruno into ground is very sad to see.

    Probably going to suffer the same fate wilshere did with Wenger

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Bruno’s legs not being made of glass helps.

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Sorry cazorla not wilshere

  18. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Lamptey looking a great 4.0 option for remainder of the season. Shame I don’t have a transfer to spare on back up defenders

  19. Diddizz
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    OR 21456 - Squad value 106.4 - In the bank 0.9 - 1 FT - Only BB left

    Prices is purchase price.

    Martínez (4.2)

    TAA (7.4) - Saíss (4.4) - Lacelles (4.2)

    Salah (12.2) - Mané (11.6) De Bruyne (9.8) - Martial (7.6)

    Rashford (9.0) - Jiménez (7.1) - DCL (6.4)

    Bench: McCarthy (4.3) - Taylor (4.3) - Cantwell (4.6) - Williams (4.0)

    With one FT and 0.9 in the bank I'm looking to improve my bench so that I'm ready to BB. I'm considering switching Cantwell for Foden (5.2) and Williams for Holgate (4.3). I have exact money for it. Anything else I could do to improve my soon to be BB-team?

    1. Pedersen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Ings over dcl?

      1. Diddizz
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        I think that would be point chasing considering DCL:s next fixtures, but he seems to be in very good form at the moment. I wish I could afford him, maybe after my BB.

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Good luck guessing which week Foden plays in 😉

      1. Diddizz
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Of course it's a risk, but there is not so many other options. Keep Cantwell or that Southampton guy. Foden is more explosive and Dilva will leave after this season. Pep should play him more so he is ready for next season.

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Why are your purchase prices relevant at all?

      1. Diddizz
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Purchase prices is flawed in my opinion. Sometimes that 0.1 doesn't add upp when people is considering other opions and they should know purchase prices to calulate if that's a decent switch around.

        1. Berbs
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Selling price is what you're after.

          1. Diddizz
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Thank you! Misstake by me.

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Next level spoon feeding request...

          1. Diddizz
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Are you watching the United-game mr Sir Brosstan? 🙂

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              yes mate

  20. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Dull 1-1 incoming
    Matić and Dunk

  21. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 28 days ago

    This is a very big game in terms of of top 4

    Looking at rhe fixtures and form if united can come away with 3 points here...they will be favs along with chelsea for top 4

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Amen

  22. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Another red arrow incoming today with only Martial...

    1. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Maybe you had sense to captain him?

  23. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Some kid in midfield for Villa

    Davis or something, can’t remember his name

    He’s absolutely smashing up the members area & only costs about 2.0

  24. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Utd loving the atmosphere in the Amex!

  25. dshv
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Come on lets do something 2ft

    Patricio
    Awb doherty aurier lascelles holgate
    Son bruno mane kdb hayden
    Rashford dcl jimenez

  26. SuperMane Returns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Bit worried having only Martial and Bruno (non capper).

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Less than 100 EO. You're fine.

      1. SuperMane Returns
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        I'll take the Man U cleanie going.

  27. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Two right backs on Rashford.

  28. SackWenger
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Still doing stretches at kick off i see

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      And they will do until black lives matter.

      But it is funny to see how triggered you are by it.

      1. SackWenger
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Very impressive quick response - I wouldn’t want to fuel an argument diesel

      2. Lucy2019
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Does not seem triggered to me. Innocuous comment with a triggered reply is how I am reading it.

  29. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Martial Captain, Rashford and Maguire. Here we go!

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      k

  30. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Fake crowd noise needs to be put up louder on Sky.