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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. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    2/12 but just -30500 places .... I think that has to be good... Surely...

    Tomorrow should be fun.

  2. fr3d
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Hot & cold & hot & cold

    Martial (C) locked in for Bournemouth

    1. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      yep defo

    2. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yea I’ll be leaving it on him

  3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    What’s your opinion on a punt on Origin? Have two FTs and considering DCL and Robinson > Origi and AWB. Would give me:

    Pat
    TAA Doherty AWB
    Salah Bruno KdB Son
    Rash Jiménez Origi

    Bench: Button Fernandez Kiko Guendouzi
    0 ITB

    Yay or nay?

  4. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Ddg

    Martial

    Bruno

    Very good afternoon. Dont even mind martial blank after hat trick last week

  5. tucaoneo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Time to revert Bruno -> Martial move from last week?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Then Martial hauls again...

      • SuperMane Returns
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        The ol' chasing points hokey cokey

    2. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      If anyone thinks City are free scoring, check out Atalanta in Serie A!
      80 in 28 games!

      1. tucaoneo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Atlanta are fantastic to watch.

        1. tucaoneo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          *Atalanta

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        That’s incredible for the Serie A

      3. SuperMane Returns
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Are you SerieAs?

      4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        They’ve also conceded 39 lol

        This team have literally been involved in 119 goals in their 28 league games

        WTF

        1. SuperMane Returns
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          WTAF

    3. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      What to do next week now...

      Auba to Rashford or Jesus?

      Or downgrade to Nkeitah and Hayden to Mahrez for the bench boost?

    4. Strchld
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Tempted to do Rashford and Dcl > Greenwood and Jesus.

      And then next week Greenwood benched and Rashford get a brace.

    5. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Man Utd another CS!

    6. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      On a green arrow with 7 to go including Auba (C). Role on tomorrow!

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Nice - how many points and who to play?

      2. CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        That's nice. I've 10 and the same (C) but red arrow. Hoping Lundstram plays somehow. 1 off the bench otherwise :/

    7. FOO FIGHTER
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Fernandes giving me aproper hiding for shifting him to Martial lol

        1. Rainer
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Was the logical move I’ve heard.

        2. Little Red Lacazette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          ouch.

        3. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Ah unlucky man you bought into the essential talk

          1. FOO FIGHTER
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Have to stick with him now:-D

              1. Bruce Lee
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Good choice pal - can easily be his week next week with a Bruno blank

                Pick the option you like most until the end of the season (or both)

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    This

            • fusen
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              The sensible thing will be go try a d squeeze in both going forward

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Triple UTD attack. They are looking decent so may as well.

            • Wild Rover
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Fans were calling for his head not long ago. So fickle

              1. Bruce Lee
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                This week it is Martial's head they're after

            • Only a Hazard of time
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              If Son doesn't perform this week he's getting downgraded so I can upgrade Holgate to a Man U defender. A Liverpool / Wolves / Man U backline will do until the season ends.

              1. Noah’s Ark
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Will pool defence rotate after city

                1. Only a Hazard of time
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Probably but I can still see VVD/TAA playing the majority, maybe even Trent in midfield.

              2. Eat my goal!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Working well for me

            • Bruce Lee
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Bloody nora I only have 4 players left to play

              Pray for me

            • Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Last night Pope and today AWB, nice work boys!

            • Pep Roulette
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Martial or Pulisic? Have Bruno already!

              1. fusen
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Double up with United.

              2. myteamissheeeeeeeet
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Step away from Martial he’s a trap door, been burnt too many times! I’m sticking with my captain Bruno 😉 Pulisic injured so look elsewhere.

              3. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Stick with one no need to change over whichever you already have

            • It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Lockdown has not been bad for Man Utd

            • L S P
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Defense has kept 13/16 CSs since the restart. I'll take that.

              (Sheffield horror show in 30 the exception)

            • Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I have Salah (C), Bruno (v)

              Mo better bring home a haul!!!

            • Rashford FC
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              We’re back. And yes I’m getting all the way carried away!

              1. Bruce Lee
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Looking good - let's see if this continues for a more sustained time - especially against big teams

                1. Puncheon Guly
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Double against city, one of 3 teams to take points off Liverpool, double against chelsea (plus league cup victory), 4 points taken off spurs...

                  1. Greek Freak
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    It's crazy to think that the team to have taken the most points off Liverpool is Watford...

                    1. Puncheon Guly
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Mental. Shows how tough it is to go unbeaten, regardless of how good you are

                  2. Bruce Lee
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Joint 5th with Wolves

            • Hotstepper
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Need to bring in Bruno, also worth switching Martial for son?
              A) Rashford, Bruno + Martial
              B) Rashford, Bruno + Son

            • ClassiX
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Messi scores goal no. 700...

              1. Bruce Lee
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Bum of a player

              2. tricky80
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Could he do it on a wet Tuesday in Stoke?

            • The Tinkerman
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Well that makes selling Bruno to fund triple city attack harder to swallow. Might be Son or Rashford to free up cash instead now...

              KDB, Bruno, Son, Sarr
              Rashford, Jimi, DCL

              DCL and Sarr plus one of these to be sold:

              A) Son
              B) Bruno
              C) Rashford

              1. Bruce Lee
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Mate you really want triple City attackers... do you love rotation?

                1. The Tinkerman
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  I want a risky gamble, I’ve got lots of ground to make up. Mahrez, KDB and Jesus is the kind of gamble that MIGHT pay off

                  1. Bruce Lee
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    I get that but someone like Auba will probs make more sense and maybe just 1 City... they're going to rotate like a mofo

                    1. The Tinkerman
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Probably, City are the worst for it but many will rotate. Sane won’t play much now, if at all, aguero is out. Mahrez and Jesus should play most, I’m maybe most worried about KDB.

                      I’ve got three that should start waiting on my bench and cash ITB if I get Greenwood, Mahrez and Jesus.

              2. The Tinkerman
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                It’s tempting to downgrade Rashford to Greenwood to fund it tbh.

            • El Fenomeno R9
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Damn 6k to 14k,Auba(C) to the rescue

            • Athletic Nasherbo
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Surely Rashford is classed as a midfielder next season?

              1. Greek Freak
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I agree, see my post above. I want Rashford and Auba as mids, Martial as a forward.

              2. FOO FIGHTER
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Who would you pick though, Rashford or Martial?

                • Twisted Saltergater
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  He’s a striker but is being played OOP. Correct classification, imo.

                  1. Greek Freak
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    If he's been played OOP all year then surely he should be a mid next year, based on FPL's classification logic. It's why Martial was classed as a mid when he started his FPL 'career' as a forward.

                  2. Greek Freak
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    The only question is whether Rashford has played OOP for most/all season or not, and that I cannot remember. If it's close to 50/50 I'd be happy with him being a forward next year.

                  3. Athletic Nasherbo
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Horrendous take on it. Glad you’re not in charge of FPL...

                    1. Athletic Nasherbo
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Twisted ^

              3. keefyefc
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Apart from the expected performance from Bruno tonight the real talking point should be Greenwood @£ 4.3m !
                Who is he in competition with with a starting place ?

                1. Iggypop
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Dan bliddy James!

                  1. Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    He is on loan to championship ... soon

                  2. keefyefc
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Dan (no Prem goals since g/w 4 ?)
                    Pressure on DCL tomorrow

                2. keefyefc
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  "for a starting place"

                3. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Greenwood and AWB, the gems ...

                4. Puncheon Guly
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Dan James, Lingard... no one really. Position is his for the foreseeable. Triple united attack is ballsy

                  1. gooberman
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    He'll be be benched next game and James will start. Greenwood has started games previously this season but never holds down the starting place. Ole seems to love Dan James.

                  2. keefyefc
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Fixtures very good until the end of the season might risk a MU def in a triple up

                5. Pep Roulette
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  I'm getting him

              4. FOO FIGHTER
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  I reckon Bruno will be higher owned than KDB next season. Bruno scoring at almost 8 points per match now and does not look like slowing down.

                  1. g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Thinking TC against a Bournemouth?

                • g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Back to the debate United, triple attack, two attack one defence, double defence one attacker?

                  1. Gomolon
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    I'm going with AWB, Bruno and Greenwood - although I'm on WC so got more flexibility

                • Pep Roulette
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Thoughts on Auba, Barnes & Mount to Greenwood, Mane & Pulisic for -8?

                • Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Now ... people start talking ditching Martial ... scene!

                  1. Eat my goal!
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Thought everyone was capping him