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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
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    DDG-KO from outta nowhere

  2. Vazza
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Rashford on penalties now..

    1. AzzaroMax99
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      LOL

  3. Bartowski
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    If Man U could add Sancho to this team they'd be pretty damn formidable.

    1. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      got Greenwood dont need him

      1. Bartowski
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Back up is Lingard or James though

      2. RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Greenwood isnt a winger with world class cross, he will be Manutd striker in a year or so.Sancho can play RM too

    2. RECKLESS
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Still short a CB. Add that too then can compete with the top teams

      1. Bartowski
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Can't see Man U buying a CB. They paid over 30 mill for both Bailly and Lindelof. Expect they'll stick to see if those investments pay off.

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Yea and sell Martial

  4. The Senate
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Brighton had a Shot on target! fouled United in the build up tho

  5. FPL_DON
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Few DDG saves would be pleasing

  6. Says
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Skewel in the 70s

  7. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Bruno likely to finish with 3 baps?

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

      Unless Greenwood gets another

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

      Close if 0-3 with Greenwood GWG

    3. RECKLESS
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Greenwood will get bps added for gamechange goal unless Bha score 1

  8. Tower Bridge
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Here is my bus team for GW33+

    Pope
    TAA Boly Doherty AWB
    KDB Fernandes Salah
    Rashford Jiminez DCL

    Martinez Stephens Sarr Saka

    I have 1FT and 2 million ITB.

    Am very much open to suggestions

    A) Roll the transfer
    B) Rashford to Ings
    Then Sarr to Son or Mahrez
    C) Sarr to Foden or Pulisic

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

    Trossard close again....

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

    Brighton goal is coming.

    1. The Senate
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      aged like a £3 bottle of wine.

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

    Trossard has looked dangerous since coming on

  12. T.Henry14
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Two FT but what to do?
    I still have a FH.

    Patricio (Button)
    TAA, Doherty, Aurier (Lascelles, Soyuncu)
    KDB, Mane, Son, Bruno (Guendouzi)
    Jimenez, Ings, DCL

    ??

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

    Martial FFS

  14. fplking14
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Martial over Bruno going well...

  15. STRANGER INGS
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Relax Mr. Trossard. We want that cleanie

    1. Bartowski
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I don't.

  16. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    So lucky United defense owners.

    How is Potter not starting Trossard?? Miles better than the gash hes playing as his attacking players

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      No idea. their best player

    2. Steinburg FC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Roy Keane "My nan could have saved that"

    3. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      If United gets a CS this game, that means they wouldve gotten 7 CS in 10 prem games.

      How is it lucky that people would pick a defender from a team that is getting those results with a fixture list thats against terrible attacking teams

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

      Not sure Potter knows what his best team is. Personally I think it is:

      Ryan
      Montoya Duffy Dunk Bernardo
      Bissouma Propper Stephens
      Gross Maupay Trossard

  17. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Imagine replacing Periera with Bruno Fernandes

  18. how now brown cow
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Trossard nearly repaying my early season faith.

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

    On the plus side, presumably martial
    Could maintain this pace for hours. Days even?

    1. FPL_DON
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      haha

  20. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Salah or Mane?

    1. FPL_DON
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      mane for me

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Why?

        1. FPL_DON
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          more assist potential and clinical

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

      Salah

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

        Though it’s a coin toss

    3. Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Mane

  21. Manani
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    any good mid for around 7.3m?

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Pulisic/Willian

    2. Sun Jihai
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Traore?

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

    How can Martial go from a hattrick last game to invisible this game

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

      Phil Jagielka & Moore.

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      That's exactly what Anthony Martial is all about!

    3. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      You must be new to watching Martial

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

      I think the scoring / assisting will rotate between 3 or 4 of Man Us offensive assets. Plus a bit from their attaching backs.

      I don’t think we will be able to easily anticipate who will score on any given night.

      That’s the argument for owning several I guess.

    5. Vazza
      1 month, 3 days ago

      £50m down the drain. Watching him is such a pain.

    6. Burger
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      He's a disgusting troll.

  23. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Gashford deserves cleanie points in his new full back role.

    1. Vazza
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Lol

  24. JBG
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    OGS pretty much killed this match by bringing on Pereira in the nr10 role.

  25. PLerix
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Rashford, 1 shot Wide, 0 take ons, 2 passes forward in 70 minutes. My captain.

  26. RECKLESS
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Any top 10k out here who captained Bruno? You derserve the burst of points when some kneejerkers even removed him for this gw lmao!

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Captained him. Was 11k rank at the start of the GW. No Pope or Ings tho.

  27. I Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    How has Rashford looked?

  28. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Called this trashford blank ffs my captain why oh why

    1. UnitedRthebest
      1 month, 3 days ago

      He is my captain too:( I feel your pain.

  29. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Bruno on goats' milk, very fitting.

    1. how now brown cow
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I thought he'd just prepared a generous sample for the ivf clinic.

  30. Over Midwicket
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Martial coming off?

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

      Nothing pointing to that other than his lackluster performance.