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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. Sancidino
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    We should cheer for this goal if we own but didn't captain Bruno right?
    Happy anyways as a Sporting fan

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Yes it's all about getting the most points for your team

      1. Sancidino
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Well, not if you want to break top 10k and the majority captained him...

      2. Big Hands Barry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Incorrect. All about effective ownership

    2. Belli2007
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      I am a Leicester fan.......not good for us this Utd resurgence.....

      Had the armband on him last week and removed it this week. Typical.....

      1. Sancidino
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        And tough fixtures ahead... I honestly think you will probably drop the top 4...

        1. Belli2007
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          I know. I am always the optimist but don't see us getting much tomorrow given the past 3 performances....

  2. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 3 days ago

    HE COMES FROM SPORTING LIKE CRISTIANO

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

    Rashford is United's Kane now 🙁 🙁

  4. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    So I took a big risk going without Bruno on WC - expecting a huge red arrow but was always a chance of it happening! Can't have them all as they say. Let's hope Kane makes up some ground!

  5. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    650,096 FPL managers transferred in Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford this GW

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

      So less than 10% then

    2. Costa Nostra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Lol

  6. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Need a Martial goal now

    1. Steinburg FC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      *Rashford

  7. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Greenwood 11% owned 😯

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      On everyones benches tho

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

        This

  8. Railwayman
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Greenwood my first sub 🙁 Hope some of my mids won't play in the next few days...

  9. Do I Not Like Orange
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Had Ings & Bruno on FH last week for their big fat blanks. Martial & Rashford now repeating the trick in my WC team.

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Thats brutal, sorry dude

  10. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    I wonderr will my prediction of leicester out of top 4 happen. Seems like with united scoring a lot leicester only need to lose 1 game and then united need to win the rest to oust leicester on goal difference.

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

    Only watched Bruno once against spurs, he was awesome, cut above.

  12. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    A more open second half has to get more out of Rashford (c). He's walked through the first half. He needs to start running at people now.

  13. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Bruno punishing those kneejerkers

  14. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    I bet there is fair few out there who would have sold Bruno for Martial post his 120 minutes if this GW deadline was on Monday.

  15. InSaneMan-e
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Bruno's fitness is unbelievable.

  16. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    De bruyne doesnt have a world cup medal. Pogba does

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      :yawn:

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

        Its a true fact, look it up

    2. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      So does Ozil

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

        Great player

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

        Yea he was one of the world's best players at the time

    3. Right In The Stanchion
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Cool Story

      • bench boost for every gamew…
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        If kante was born in belgium it would be the other way round.

    4. thepuntmaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Bruno killing my ML lead tonight

      1. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        only have Bruno in this game tonight so wasn't expecting a green arrow. Working out well so far.

    5. EL tridente
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Best combo?
      A) Rashford Mahrez
      B) Jesus Martial

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Still Rashford Mahrez. Rash will get chances.

    6. HMFC1874
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      If they rest Bruno now, he's my TC for Saturday, if not then I haven't got a clue what to do.

    7. Cpt Crunch Scott talent
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      I AM A GOD!!!

      Bruno Capper

    8. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Frustrating.

      3 closest rivals have Bruno, I went for Martial differential (a week late)

      35 mins left to salvage something.

    9. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Eh, that Bruno goal barely moved my rank by about 10 places?!

    10. Openboxman
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 3 days ago

      TAA > Gomez
      Doucoure > Mahrez

      Gives me

      Pope
      Gomez - Alonso - Aurier
      Bruno - KDB - Salah - Martial - Mahrez
      Kane - Jimmy

      Button - Saiss - Nkethia - Taylor

      Also tempted by Martial > Pullisic

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Don’t lose TAA

      2. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Trent is undroppable

    11. JONALDINHO
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Feel a Rashford goal on the way

    12. Teriyaki 69
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Bruno capper in Dreamland. Need Gashford to get involved.

    13. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      bruno is so highly owned in top 10 k that my rank has barely changed...

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

        Filthy humbleness 😉

        1. Chucky
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          😉

      2. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        74% in the top 10k that means more than 2500 people dont have him, which is nuts if you think about it

        1. Chucky
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          good point

    14. Bielsa's Bucket
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Subs should be coming around 60 min mark. No point risking players, this is in the bag

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

        Got to be ruthless mate

    15. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      DCL > Greenwood? 2FT, no idea what to do!

      DDG
      TAA Doherty Aurier
      Mane KDB Son Fernandes
      Jimenez Ings Greenwood
      Martin Lascelles Guendouzi Simpson

    16. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Next season will be awesome... Can't wait.

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Chelsea, ManU, City, Pool just to name a few.

    17. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Greenwood officially cements his place in the starting XI