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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. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Bruno must be a marathon runner to have that endurance.

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

      Just a professional athlete

  2. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Barca - Atleti game warming up nicely as well.

  3. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    McTominay warming up. Hope Fernandes gets to 60 mins.....

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

    Bruno top 10k eo?

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

      83

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

      83

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

      Like 80%

    4. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      83%

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

        So why isn't my rank moving much? Am I missing something?

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

          Total ownership of all Utd players is 234%. So if you haven't got a 2nd or even 3rd Utd player your rank won't move much no matter how much Bruno scores.

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

      80+

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

    Bruno wont make 60 minutes 🙁

  6. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Capping Bruno for a Martial haul and then Martial for a Bruno haul is just textbook FPL

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

      Perfect FPL!

    2. KipperRSA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Same frustration !

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

      Damn unlucky mate

    4. Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      be happy you had both

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

    absolutely loathe Martial. Garbage lazy player. Has he had a single run today? Meanwhile Bruno after 120 minutes busting a gut every attack.

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

      Ya he lazy unfortunately

    2. SuperMane Returns
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      #goalhanger

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

      good thing you dont get points for running in fpl

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

        You dont get points for standing around in the box putting your hands up in annoyance and doing f all otherwise either

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

          no you dont. You get points when he scores. He does that a decent amount of times.

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

            And he would do that so much more if he werent a lazy bum

    4. BigBillyBass
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Always go Bruno

  8. SuperMane Returns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Bruno to make 60 hopefully then the Man U cleanie to go (please)

  9. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Bruno captainer. Please make it to 60.

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

      This

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

    Hasn’t martial always been up and down?

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      6 goals in his last 6. But yes.

    2. SuperMane Returns
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Martial law.

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

      Yep, he’s a 7.5 midfielder, I’ll gladly accept a bit of up & down

      He’ll go BOOM again soon enough

  11. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    And I captain Son instead, come on. This year is terrible!

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

      Son will pay off

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

        God please

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

      And Son has already played? Have some hope, I have captained Rashford!

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

        Well I had hope earlier in the season but this happens like every single time. Haven't had a (C) on a player that scored 2 goals this season lol!:D

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

    Lets just agree, not a Pen merchant !!
    😉

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

    Chasing points works a trick every time huh?

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

    Any chance for Salah not to play at all ? Greenwood coming from the bench would be really nice.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Salah could well outscore him

  15. Dacra
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Own Martial and Bruno, estimated to drop 15 places since the start of this game.

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

      AWB and Greenwood

  16. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Come on Martial! Do something

  17. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Greenwood a legit option now surely?

    DCL replacement???

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

      I'm considering exactly this, will watch eve lei before making my mond up

  18. SuperMane Returns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Did Bruno just put his arm up to the bench to say 'i'm fine for a bit longer'?

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Captained himself

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

      “Kebab & cheesy chips”

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

      Looked like it

  19. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Greenwood making Man Utd rethink buying Sancho or Grealish......

  20. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Will he make 60 though?

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

    Cmon rashy grab one please or you are gone for Ings...

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

    Bruno best signing since RVP

  23. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    60 seconds for Bruno to stay on the pitch.

  24. MiLK2018
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Greenwood essential now? I think he is if he keeps starting.

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

    Bruno is so damn fit it's crazy. 120 mins at the weekend and now he's sprinting up and down harrying the last man.

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

    just one more minute Bruno !

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

    Ole son, let’s get martial off for a rest

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

    Trossard just wide.....

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

    Tossard

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

    Has DDG even touched the ball in this game?