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

    Bruno off

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

    Bye Bruno

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

    Fernandes off
    McTominay on

  4. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Bruno off

  5. _sidney_will
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Bruno subbed, well earnt rest xx

  6. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Bruno off

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

    Well done Bruno

  8. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Bruno cleanie locked in

  9. JBG
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Rashford has been bad after break, sadly.

  10. Yank Revolution
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Bruno/Pogs/Shaw off it appears

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

    Greenwood in for DCL as 3rd striker could be amazing value

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

    Rashford is so bad at running with the ball he always either leaves it behind him or boots it miles in front of him

  13. Vazza
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Rashford need a goal from you.. Wake up fella!!

    • Me Spurs
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Tempted to go rash guendouzi out for greenwood mahrez, rashford to wide for my liking

    • HMFC1874
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Rashford to Greenwood will save so much money!!

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

      Bruno CS locked and 16pts locked

    • Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      ok for Utd to concede now

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

      Bruno nailed for Bournemouth 🙂

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

      Can you do it at the weekend when it matters, Bruno?

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

        This

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

      Bruno off

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Shaw and Pogba off
      Williams and Pereira on

    • The Senate
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      OGS clearly appreciates FPL, waiting until 63 to sub Bruno

      1. Vazza
          4 months, 3 days ago

          Lol

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

        So tempted to make this team;

        Patricio, Button
        Trent, Robbo, Laporte, Doherty, Lund
        Mane, KDB, Bruno, Pogba, Saka
        Jimi, Nketiah, Greenwood

        Exact money!

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

          Nah

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

        Bruno vs Salah it is...

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

        rashford is worth about a half bag of crisps

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

          Not cheese and onion

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

        When we talk about exciting players to own, is martial the opposite? So uninspiring to watch

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

        What week’s looking best to free hit? 33, 36 or 38?

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

          Last week mate.

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

          Last week. Be ideal if we get some early team news too!

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

        So, thoughts on pogba as an asset now?

        Seems to be a choice of 3 of these 4?

        Bruno, martial rash and awb.

      8. _sidney_will
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Just need a Maguire goal!

        1. Vazza
            4 months, 3 days ago

            This. It’s a corner. Let’s see what happens

        2. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          Bruno is a consumate professional. His defensive and offensive work rate are phenomenal. Talent on point as well.