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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. Berbs
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    To think that people were talking about selling Bruno after Sheffield United game

    A reminder that quality players will always return points

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Firmino disagrees

      1. Berbs
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        😆

        Firmino doesn't do goals!

  2. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Guess who I have first on bench 🙁

    1. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Greenwood the same as me? 🙁

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Yep 🙁

        Need a Mahrez / KdB no show

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Greenwood

  3. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Yes captain Bruno, oh that was last week, what a surprise

  4. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Hahahahahahahah, didn't captain him this week.

  5. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Well done Bruno cappers.

  6. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Stunning goal - United look incredible

    1. JONALDINHO
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      *Against a team fighting relegation

  7. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Where was this Bruno last week when I captained him!

  8. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    What's Bruno's EO fellas? I'm ranked about 200k at present

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      83.07

    2. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Top 10K 83%

    3. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Lots of ghost ships down there so probably not that high

      1. Big Hands Barry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Cruel

  9. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Anyone captained Fernandes (c)?

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Everyone did
      Last week

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Mark did on WC I think

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Yes, was sold after after the spurs game, just brilliant

    4. TheMooyBoys
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      sure did!!

  10. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Lads this is unreal

    Are we back?

    Are we really back?!

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Looking good mate

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      No. Lack of squad depth and plan b's

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        I know I know

        But a man can dream

    3. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Let's he honest, you're not

      But right steps in recent months

    4. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      If you keep Bruno and Pogba in the middle with Rashford Martial and Sancho up top then yes!

    5. Right In The Stanchion
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      United fans spraying everywhere

  11. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Greenwood - we will watch his career with great interest.

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

      Alright Sidious

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Please call me by my real name "The Senate"

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

          Well played, you made me laugh out loud.

    2. The_FF_King
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Me: Do I transfer in Greenwood?

      Duke Silver: DEWIT!

  12. UnitedRthebest
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Me the Rashford captainer :(:(:(
    Me the united supporter:):):)

  13. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Maguire AA with a great pass

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      AAA

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Maguire to Greenwood no? Maybe I just don't get the lingo then...

  14. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Bruno captain crew check in!

  15. gryffsonofarthur
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    What a goal . United are purring tonight

  16. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    last GW Bruno(C)
    this GW Martial(C) 🙁

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Should have it done it the other way around mate. You would have scored more points.

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Damn forgot to change to my capt hindsight grav.

  17. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Will Bruno make 60?

    1. UnitedRthebest
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Yes but I don’t expect much longer.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Does it matter?

  18. Bielsa's Bucket
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Martial and Rashford can come off now 😉

  19. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Beautiful counter. This United team are actually pretty good. They could definitely be a force next season. They've looked a completely different side since Bruno joined.

  20. yer old da
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Altogether now, ohh Bruno Fernandes, ohh Bruno Fernandes

  21. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    These points would've actually been relevant last week

  22. james 101
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Rest Bruno now?

  23. Costa Nostra
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Imagine thinking martial would be a good pickup after last week. And equally imagine all of those who were bad mouthing Bruno last week!! Lmao!!

  24. Babelcopter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    YES BRUNO! Glad I didn't swap him to Lazy Tony.

  25. Right In The Stanchion
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Martial coming off in 5,4,3...

  26. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Martial hat trick coming while I was playing my WC has been a killer

  27. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Bus not parking ... you know what's going to happen

  28. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Should have kept Bruno(C) from last GW. Next to explode will be Rashy next week

  29. pablo discobar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Makes that Fernandes article earlier this week laughable. Kneekerk is an understatement

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Reminds me of the

      “Why I’m selling TAA” articles & HT’s

      In GW18

      1. pablo discobar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Lol yes:D

  30. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    United literally walking with the ball here...