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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. HMFC1874
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    TC Bruno on Sat?

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      or Salah

      1. HMFC1874
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Salah less to play for and Liverpool could coast now, which could mean 8-0 or 0-1

  2. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    No more goals, United subbed off all their creativity.

    1. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      AWB is still on last i checked! Lol

  3. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Nearly AWB assist again

  4. The Train Driver
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Awb almost another assist

  5. EWH2020
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Brandon Williams has been more threatening than Rashford in 2 mins of being on the pitch

  6. JONALDINHO
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Is Jesus pretty much nailed? Is Agüero out for rest of season?

    1. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Pep enjoys a false 9.

      1. JONALDINHO
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Surely Jesus will be most nailed attacker decides KDB though

  7. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    AWB creates moderately good chance for Williams

  8. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Martial out for Dendoncker?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      JWP

  9. JBG
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Give me my WC back so I can pick AWB over Rashford :/.

  10. Collie01
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Rashford will be on pens now with Bruno and Pogba gone off

  11. TurboTastic!
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Bruno price next season.

    Max 9,5 imo

    1. _sidney_will
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      9.5m/10m

    2. beric
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Depends, if he gets two goals a game for the next 6 weeks id say more like 12

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Max? Min.

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Anything below 10.5 would be a joke

    5. TurboTastic!
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      No way. Kdb never been more than 10,5.

  12. SuperMane Returns
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Obi Wan looking tasty, annoying as already tripled up in MU attack next week.

  13. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Pogba has become so much of a team player with Bruno in the team.

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Easier to play with actual players, rather than Lingard, Pereira and Fellaini.

    2. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Agreed. He's playing simple football, no tricks and flicks. His game is better for it. He's got the attributes range of passing, dribbling, physicality. Hope he keeps it up

  14. Shultan
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    I captained Rash VC Bruno...dammit

  15. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Would love an Auba no show.

    Bruno v capt and Taylor first sub.

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      5 min cameo guaranteed

    2. dicky2014
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Exact same situation here

  16. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Brighton goal needed, 3k drop with 60 mins up.

    1. Dacra
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Yes please.

  17. james 101
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Ok. If you took martial and Bruno as 2 Man U assets. And you wanted a third. Would would you go with ?

    A. Rash

    B. Awb

    1. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      More options in defence, but AWB in better fpl form

    2. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      B

    3. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      B

    4. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      B

    5. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      AWB for sure

    6. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Pretty conclusive

    7. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Honestly probs Greenwood

    8. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I have B, been happy so far

  18. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    C'mon Rashford nick one.

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I will never, ever trust this guy with captaincy again. Looks even less interested than Martial if thats possible

  19. Pompel
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Rashford + Gundozi -> Martial + Nketiah me thinks.
    Better late than never

    1. Hart-ake
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      eh, dunno, I wouldn't swap between them tbh. They will both get points going forward.

  20. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Considering 4-4-2. Someone talk me out of it!

    1. beric
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Its boring and sad!

    2. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Nothing wrong with it

      Or 451

    3. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      who are the players?

    4. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Why? So am I.

    5. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Looking at 451/541 myself

    6. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Same. Trent Doherty AWB is juicy. Much more clean sheets too after lockdown

    7. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Might be worth it!

  21. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Rashford owners - stick or twist?

    1. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Looks horrendous, unfit, uninterested, Luke Shaw showed more attacking intent

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Everyone was bringing him in this week.

    3. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Sick or twisted?

    4. Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      twist for whom? Ings, Kane?

    5. o0Ash
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Stick. I went for Martial. They're all going to be scoring.

    6. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I just bought him. Sticking.

  22. Babelcopter
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 11 days ago

    So many good captain options for next GW. Hope I get it right after Bruno and Jimmy failures

    1. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Salah / Mane

    2. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Ditto. Almost tempted to get Greenwood in and cap Bruno

    3. I hate Moreno
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I'm rolling an 11 sided die. Or throwing a dart at my phone screen. 3 blanks since the restart.

  23. elchilangles
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 11 days ago

    where are the muppets who were telling everyone to swap Fernandes for Martial?!

    1. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      it's a classic case of too much information on here and knee jerk reactions

    2. Costa Nostra
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      They’re here..just hiding

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Crying in their beers

  24. thomashl
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Is this the time to punt on Greenwood?

    Must be undroppable for Solskjær after the last matches

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Did he start the fa cup game?

    2. _sidney_will
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      He’s in my side but 2nd sub this GW, after seeing James’ vs Spurs I was confident he’d become a regular, likely to start him next GW - 4.3m is a snip!

  25. 6ix9ine #1 on billboard
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    The Pogba experiment is a done and dusted. Not worth the cash outlay with Bruno in the team. Mahrez or Richa next week.

  26. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Now only need son to explode to justify going without kdb on WC after the DGW

    Salah son bruno martial

    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Salah Son Bruno Mahrez here. Foden bench

  27. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Still can't understand which is the best man Utd triple up...

    1. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      This! Only have two, but have 2FTs next gw...

    2. _sidney_will
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      AWB, Bruno, Martial/Greenwood

  28. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Save David

  29. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    De Gea with his 1st save of the season

  30. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    rashy to Vardy or Giroud?

    1. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Vardy

      1. Chucky
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        thanks.

      2. pablo discobar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Would avoid Leicester like the covid at the moment

    2. Bartowski
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Neither

    3. Egg noodle
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      DCL

    4. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Greenwood

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Obviously Greenwood