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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. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    Bissouma got that right in the knackers.

  2. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    Bruno and Rash owner here.

    Guess which I captained.

    Yep... The one with 2 pts of course.

    1. gers23
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Captain Bruno last week 🙁

    2. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      I reckon plenty in the same boat

    3. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      I cant wait to sell Rash. Too wide.

    4. BigBillyBass
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      3*

  3. gers23
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    Feel like iv dodged a bullet there. Rival had Pogba Bruno and Rash captain. I just had Bruno. Auba captain tomorrow could be huge

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Aubameyang bounded to let's us down, he always does in this scenario

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      K

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

      Best chance of points for him, I sold ings to get auba so need something

    4. BigBillyBass
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Enjoy your 4 points

  4. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    Greenwood 12 points tucked safely away on my first bench spot. DCL, KDB, Salah or Son if you fancy missing your game that would be great.

  5. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    Greenwood max BAPS now

  6. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    After tonight's showing from Rashford, him or Jesus?

    1. Bartowski
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Neither

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        DCL then and add Mahrez to midfield?

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Ings, Jimenez and Greenwood

      Go big in midfield.

      1. Bartowski
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        This

  7. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    Martial owners, are you switching to Bruno now? Will the same happen as last gw?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Crazy that people sold Bruno

    2. keefyefc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      With Bournemouth at home & Villa away next why sell ?
      The sensible ones amongst us will already have Bruno

  8. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    Getting burned by rashford... Fml

  9. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    Come on can the sheep raise their arms, who did Bruno to Martial? Haha fools

  10. fachada
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 2 days ago

    Rashford and Martial can go and f** themselves tonight. What a waste of transfers

  11. Van der Faart
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    Since the restart and a great BB week this has been an absolute disaster

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Barely got a goal since sterling netted against arsenal 2 weeks ago

  12. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    People looking to ditch Rashford is just insane.

    I am even tempted to captain against Bournemouth, he will be desperate for that goal

    1. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Hes not scoring from left back.

    2. gers23
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Agreed

    3. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Rich man's Greenwood.

    4. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      He is rusty, wide, not threatening and looks tired. Been walking since about 20 mins.

  13. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    Would you get Rashford or Greenwood for Auba?

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Greenwood

  14. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    Nuts busted

  15. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    Classic FPL this

    Martial was a hero last week - essential some would say
    Bruno was talked about as being a bum and finished

    This week it is the exact opposite

    What can we learn?
    Patience
    Sabr

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Get both 😉

  16. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    greenwood max baps

  17. UnitedRthebest
      5 months, 2 days ago

      40 pts without bonus so far. 5 left. Rashford Captaincy fail. How are you guys doing?

      1. beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        38 + bps, 5 left, salah (c)

      2. DF
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        56 with 6 to play. Captain Alonso. Flair.

        1. UnitedRthebest
            5 months, 2 days ago

            Wow captain Alonso.

        2. mrodgers91
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          37 with 4 to play, auba (c)

        3. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          47 with 8 left. Jimmy C.

        4. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          31
          5 left
          Son(c)

        5. Hits from the Bong
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          57 with 5 left to play

      3. Tcheco
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Maguire time

      4. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Martial captain v Bournemouth?

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

          Rashfords turn.

        2. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          I would if I owned

        3. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Rash

        4. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Salah or Mane

      5. Mweene
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Chances of Greenwood starting v Bournemouth?

        Might get him in for Ayew and start him.

        1. HollywoodXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          I’m starting him (his haul is on my bench this week). He has scored and got an assist. Little reason to drop him.

        2. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Quite high

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

          Don't think ole will change anything

      6. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Come on Brighton

      7. Dele
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Martial to Mahrez tonight?

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          I might

      8. FPL_DON
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Bruno - essential.

        If you don't have him, get him.

      9. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Who the hell do I bench next game week?!

        Mane KDB Son Fernandes Foden Jimenez Ings or Greenwood?

        1. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Foden

        2. Tinkermania
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 2 days ago

          foden

        3. DF
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Ings

      10. Bielsa's Bucket
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Player scoring the GW prior doesn't mean they'll score again. People seriously so quick to eject Rashford / Martial?

        1. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Martial no, Rashford, yes

      11. Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        sorry..

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          get out of my team lol jk i didn't get on the hype train

          1. Tony Martial
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            Next week you will be sorry!

      12. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        I hate this stupid notion of chasing points, if a player is in good form get him in I’d say!

        Otherwise at what point do you continue to decide on missing out on points.

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

          Getting Bruno isn’t chasing.

          Doing Bruno to Martial was chasing.

        2. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Worked with Martial this week

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            That was more one game though

      13. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Knew Martial wouldn't be able to follow up his form from last game. Always happens. Troll of the highest order.

      14. Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        29 points with 6 left :/

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          You can blame yourself for your FPL woes. Had a chance to score tonight, but weren't up for it.

      15. RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        I wonder why was Bruno priced just 8mn in FPL even after having good record in Europe. Plus he was bought for 47mn pounds upfront so even more surprising considering that

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

          United were very hit and miss before he joined.

        2. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          That’s not much more than Joelinton

          1. RECKLESS
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            Yeah lol. Joelinton good but NewC def overpaid

        3. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Because he is a CM not a FW, LM or RM. Not expected to be as heavily involved in goals and assists compared to say, Rashford and Martial.

          1. RECKLESS
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            But he always had setpieces in his locker...His penalty record was also top notch...Glad I got him at 8.1 and never left my team even on WC

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

          Maybe more a reflection of how Utd where doing at the time.

        5. JONALDINHO
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Liga Nos...

        6. Says
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Maybe because Pogba won a world cup but still looked over priced at 8m in the United side.

          Tides are turning though.

          1. RECKLESS
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            Looks like a big price jack next season then....

        7. Bartowski
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          I think perhaps because they'd already under priced Martial and Rash