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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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1,724 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    uNiTeD dOnT cReAtE bIg ChAnCeS

  2. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Bruno goal

    It looks like you previously posted the same comment. 😆

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      Lol

  3. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Oh wow

  4. pablospicks
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    lucky deflection again off the grass. Only assist for Bruno

    1. Bielsa's Bucket
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      haha

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      Shouldnt have counted. Shaw was offside in the first half

    3. POLSKA GOLA
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      A great goal doesn’t make it up for the incorrect one

    4. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      didn't the ball go out of play 5 minutes earlier?

  5. Bielsa's Bucket
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Imagine writing him off, amazing strike!

  6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    BBBBBBBBBBRRRRRRRRRRUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOO

    YYYAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSS

  7. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    I’m definitely getting Fernandes now for this week lol, even if it means losing Jimenez to Greenwood

  8. Yank Revolution
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Props to Matic and Greenwood for that one

  9. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    What are rashford owners planning? selling for ings?

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      Might be selling for Greenwood at this rate!

    2. POLSKA GOLA
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      For Greenwood 😉

  10. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    I love Bruno. plays his heart out week in week out.

  11. THE WERNER DELUSION
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    looool Sane -> Bruno was 100% my transfer until Martial hat-tricked up FFS 😀

  12. JBG
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Exactly why I wanted Brighton to push higher up XD.

  13. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Greenwood first on bench 🙁 Chance of DCL not playing tomo?! Lol

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      No chance.

  14. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Tough watch as Trashford owner and Bruno non owner...

  15. Costa Nostra
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Bruno captain you beauty!!!

  16. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    People sold Bruno?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      Free hitters

  17. Amey
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Attcaking man United leaving space behind .....
    Nahhh
    You gotta do better !!!!!

  18. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    BUNOOOOOOOO

  19. JONALDINHO
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Ighalo getting ready now to come on for Tony

  20. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Double Points!

  21. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Well I guess Rashford is getting nothing then...

  22. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Greenwood and Nketiah up front in a 3-5-2 then get an insane midfield. Could work!

  23. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    What. A. Goal.

  24. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    now Brighton score !

  25. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Maguire - Matic - Greenwood - Fernandes

    GOAL

    Damn!

  26. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Well done Greenwood starters!

  27. DA Minnion
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Brilliant goal.

  28. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    bRuNO iS sO oVeRrAtEd

  29. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Bruno + Martial owners from last week unite 😎

  30. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Very good goal that