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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. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Martial and Rashford off

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

    Rashford put in a good shift at LWB.

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

    Rashford looks so damn quiet.

    Owners - what are you doing with him?

    Such a tough pill to swallow going with him instead of martial or Bruno.

    Not looking likely to keep up with those two at this rate

    1. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Yep. I’m half tempted to wildcard now as I’ve got my man u assets (rash only) wrong

    2. Dreaming of glory
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Keep for another couple, fixtures still good and if u do the hokey cokey u could end up like those that brought in martial

    3. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Gone.

    4. Steinburg FC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Rashfords turn for a haul vs Bournemouth

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

    Love it!!

  5. pablo discobar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Tomorrow's headline article- Martial and Rashford finished as fantasy prospects

    1. Steinburg FC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      This weeks headline was Bruno finished...

  6. Bielsa's Bucket
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Jimi captain doesn't feel so bad now 🙂

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

      This. But does not feel good to own only Rash and not Bruno.

    2. Babelcopter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 3 days ago

      needs Aubafail

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

    *gets up from behind the sofa*

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      this

  8. Easy Cheesy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Mane best repay me over city and villa match. Kept him so ended up w rashford/ foden instead of bruno/ martial and there is no point changing it this week

  9. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Wow. All I asked for was a Rash and Martial blank. Jimenez C fail not so bad now. Bruno cappers though...

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

    Woy is happy

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

    Martial walking off the pitch faster than hes ran all game. Lazy bum, fuming that I brought him in

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      what are you going to post when he bags a goal next game?

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

        Something that makes you reply to my post again no doubt

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          fun to poke at the complainers 😉

        2. what's my name
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          )))

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

    Rash and Martial off

    ...........and Breathe!

  13. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Classic FPL

    Although Bruno owners / holders deserved a haul

    1. Babelcopter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Proud owner. Never in doubt

  14. milanista10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Perfect!
    Just keep the cleanie now please.

  15. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Come on now brighton. Wipe that cleanie pretty please.

  16. Strchld
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Last week Bruno C, this week Rashford C.

    Always picking wrong one.

    1. UnitedRthebest
      4 months, 3 days ago

      EXACTLY I’m so sad

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Fpl is 99% luck

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        And the rest

    3. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      I know, this weekend should be fun

  17. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Ouch

  18. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Hold DDG and AWB!

  19. Teriyaki 69
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Rashford to Greenwood, and Pogba to Pulisic for free anyone???

    1. UnitedRthebest
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Rashford to Greenwood looks good atm. Pogba to pulisic a no tho. I’m sure with the Rashford to Greenwood cash you could upgrade someone else?

  20. Morrissey1986
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    6 goals in 2 games for United two blank captains

    Fernandes last week
    Rashford this week.

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

      Put on DDG

  21. Offside Trapattoni
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Thoughts on Greenwood's minutes moving forward??

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

      Average 70 a game I’d say

  22. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Oof he ain't having babies anytime soon

  23. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Anyone do the following move last week?

    Bruno ➡ Martial

    1. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Had Bruno on FH last GW, went for Martial instead on WC this week. Think I'm starting to hate Utd.

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

    Right in the Bissouma’s 😀

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Players are pathetic though

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

        Are you a girl?

    2. mrodgers91
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Ouch, felt that one

  25. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Cmon BHA you’ve got a goal in this

  26. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Rashford and DCL to Greenwood and Kane done 😀

    1. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Kane?

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Bruno? 😉

    2. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Briefly crossed my mind to do this.
      Held off.

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

      Wild transfer

  27. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Ball on ball.

  28. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Only have Bruno in this game. Works for me.

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

      Et moi.

    2. mrodgers91
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Brighton goat would be nice then

  29. Mweene
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Feeling very fortunate as a De Gea and Fernandes owner.

    Been having a terrible GW so really needed Martial and Rashford not to score big.

  30. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 3 days ago

    What a rubbish gw32

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      every gw*

    2. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      On the contrary.