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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
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    TC Bruno on Sat?

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      or Salah

      1. HMFC1874
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 22 hours 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
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    No more goals, United subbed off all their creativity.

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

      AWB is still on last i checked! Lol

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

    Nearly AWB assist again

  4. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Awb almost another assist

  5. EWH2020
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

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

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

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

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

      Pep enjoys a false 9.

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

        Surely Jesus will be most nailed attacker decides KDB though

  7. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    AWB creates moderately good chance for Williams

  8. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Martial out for Dendoncker?

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

      JWP

  9. JBG
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

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

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

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

  11. TurboTastic!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Bruno price next season.

    Max 9,5 imo

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

      9.5m/10m

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

      Max? Min.

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

      Anything below 10.5 would be a joke

    5. TurboTastic!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

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

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

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

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

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

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

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

    2. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 22 hours 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
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    I captained Rash VC Bruno...dammit

  15. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Would love an Auba no show.

    Bruno v capt and Taylor first sub.

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      5 min cameo guaranteed

    2. dicky2014
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      Exact same situation here

  16. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

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

    1. Dacra
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      Yes please.

  17. james 101
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 22 hours 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. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      More options in defence, but AWB in better fpl form

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

      B

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

      B

    4. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      B

    5. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      AWB for sure

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

      Pretty conclusive

    7. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      Honestly probs Greenwood

    8. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      I have B, been happy so far

  18. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    C'mon Rashford nick one.

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

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

  19. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

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

    1. Hart-ake
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 hours 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
    4 months, 22 hours ago

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

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

      Its boring and sad!

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

      Nothing wrong with it

      Or 451

    3. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      who are the players?

    4. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      Why? So am I.

    5. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      Looking at 451/541 myself

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

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

    7. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      Might be worth it!

  21. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Rashford owners - stick or twist?

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

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

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

      Everyone was bringing him in this week.

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

      Sick or twisted?

    4. Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      twist for whom? Ings, Kane?

    5. o0Ash
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

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

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

      I just bought him. Sticking.

  22. Babelcopter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 22 hours ago

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

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

      Salah / Mane

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

      Ditto. Almost tempted to get Greenwood in and cap Bruno

    3. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

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

  23. elchilangles
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

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

    1. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

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

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

      They’re here..just hiding

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      Crying in their beers

  24. thomashl
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Is this the time to punt on Greenwood?

    Must be undroppable for Solskjær after the last matches

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      Did he start the fa cup game?

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

      Salah Son Bruno Mahrez here. Foden bench

  27. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

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

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

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

    2. _sidney_will
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      AWB, Bruno, Martial/Greenwood

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

    Save David

  29. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    De Gea with his 1st save of the season

  30. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    rashy to Vardy or Giroud?

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

      Vardy

      1. Chucky
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 22 hours ago

        thanks.

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

        Would avoid Leicester like the covid at the moment

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

      Neither

    3. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      DCL

    4. Hits from the Bong
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 hours ago

      Greenwood

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

      Obviously Greenwood