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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. SuperMane Returns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Really clever FK, cleanie nearly went.

  2. Bartowski
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Ah remember when we all had Trossard at the start of the season....

  3. Berbs
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    All United players get to 60 mins

  4. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    60 mins up! No Man Utd subs so far!

  5. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    60 up

  6. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Only just realised game is on tv 🙄

  7. Teriyaki 69
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    how much was Bruno worth?? going by his quality, Grealish should be about 30M and Sancho 40M.

  8. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Ok. Rest Bruno now Ole

  9. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    We will take 6 points from Tony I suppose 🙁

  10. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Martial going to outscore Rash again

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

      Hope so

  11. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Hands up if you took out Bruno for Martial

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      Oof that wouldve been hella dumb

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 22 hours ago

        It was popular

        1. beric
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 22 hours ago

          Its easy to say that was stupid with hindsight, but it was also obviously stupid last week

    2. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      I went for Martial instead of Bruno on WC. Can kiss top 10k goodbye I'd say now!

      1. SuperMane Returns
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 22 hours ago

        Ouch, surely both on a WC?

  12. beric
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Come on Brighton!

  13. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Red arrows incoming with the cleanie added 🙁

    1. SuperMane Returns
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      Until Brighton's late consolation goal.

  14. Teriyaki 69
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Rest Bruno ajd Martial now.

  15. SuperMane Returns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Tossard again.

  16. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Imagine next ... Rash exodus and Greenwood uptake ... this game

    1. pablo discobar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      Some of the recent scaremongering articles like Pogba has ruined Fernandes feeds that kind of behaviour

  17. JJO
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Cmon Brighton penalty

  18. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Come on Brighton you can get a goal!

  19. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Martial, I just want you not to blank.

    Captain choices killing me this season.

  20. RECKLESS
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Manutd finally wins at Brighton after 2 losses. The unbeaten run is showing. Looked the most tricky match till last match vs Lei for possibly 4th place. The run of next 5 is as good as it gets as well!

  21. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    3 subs incoming

  22. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Bruno, Rash & Shaw?

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      Sounds right

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

    Bruno red card would amuse now

    (I own him. Just saying)

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      He plays for United.

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

        Ha

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      A step too far

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

        Don’t see it. Dontbeirry

  24. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Just one goal Brighton. Come on !!

  25. Wild Rover
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Martial running

  26. JONALDINHO
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Rash, DCL and 3.9 Defender to Jesus, AWB and Greenwood(-4)? Can play 442 or 343 then.

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      I wouldnt - no point in using an united spot for a bench player

  27. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Martial please man!

  28. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    3 United attacker looks essential going forward

  29. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Rashford fs it up

  30. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    McGinn & Jimenez
    To
    Bruno & Greenwood + £

    Do it?

    1. Costa Nostra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      Chase those points!

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 22 hours ago

        It’s done me well before lol