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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. Zladan
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Bruno loves points.

  2. Lev Yashin
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Hey, DDG is playing as well.

  3. Hotdogs for Tea
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Fernandes punishing them sellers 🙂

  4. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Rashford is so useless... Pathetic pick 😡

    1. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      He’s not match fit yet, he was out a long time with

  5. Leo10
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Hmm, seeing the angle from behind I'm fairly certain that's an own goal. Don't think they'll rock the boat though.

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Deflected off Brighton player, Bruno A

    2. Tinkermania
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Thought there was offside, then an own goal.

        1. Hits from the Bong
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          As a Bruno owner, I agree

          1. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Left back was a yard behind the rest of his defence

        2. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          His shot was on target so the deflection doesn’t matter.

    3. Right In The Stanchion
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Hate to say it but a Man Utd are back and we’re going to have to listen to G Neville spraying his pants every game from now on.

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Goal already given, shows who's watching it

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Clear offside not even checked by VAR. LiVARpool will get stiff competition in the coming seasons

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Defender on the far side was playing him onside

        2. gooberman
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Firminio Villa

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            1 decision is all LiVARpool supporters can come up with lmao. Compared to the 30+ decisions in your favor

            1. gooberman
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              There are more. Rashford goal v us. Origi clearly fouled in the build up. I'm sure there are more as well. Swings and roundabouts. We've been on the right end of decisions and also the wrong side like most other clubs. It's a fallacy that we've been favoured by VAR

        3. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Lmao the left back was a yard behind the rest of his defence

      • Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        The shot was goalbound, no own goal imo.

        1. Big_Andy_GAWA
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          It was screwed well left of target!!! Lol.

        2. Leo10
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Stevie Wonder could see that was heading well left haha!

      • The Senate
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Foul against Pogba for him being taller than his opponent

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Don’t think anyone was silly enough to sell Bruno

        1. sunnyh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I think lots did it to be fair

          1. thomashl
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            That is unbelievable to be fair. Because of one game...

        2. SouthCoastSaint
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Saw a few do a sideways to martial

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

          I've pulled the trigger early and I have moved him next GW for Salah. I feel uncomfortable about it

      • Rainer
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Expect it’ll change to OG, Bruno A..

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Was his shot going wide?

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

            Looked to be nestling in the other bottom corner.

      • Bielsa's Bucket
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Was on target regardless of deflection. Bruno goal.

      • gooberman
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Tough on those who opted for Maguire over AWB a couple of weeks ago.

      • GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Everyone owns Bruno.

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          He's owned 100% 😮 ?

        2. The Dance
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          not really

        3. Big_Andy_GAWA
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Martial for me. And Rash.

        4. AzzaroMax99
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          No we don’t 😀

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Wow ball out of play too 😆

      • AzzaroMax99
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        2 goals, 0 Rash(C) contribution. Also he is my only MUTD player. This is getting better and better xD

      • The Mandalorian
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        United destroying Brighton

      • Berbs
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        So ball went out of play
        Then Shaw was offside
        Yet goal stood

        I'll take my 8 pts but very undeserved

        1. Zilla
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          How back are you going to go to disallow a goal tho?

        2. BUZZBOMB
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          SAF's on Stockley Park duty tonight...

      • Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A week late there Bruno but cheers for the points lol

      • RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Really weird that they didn’t VAR that? Ball went out and Shaw looked offside?

        1. Pat Bonner
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          They looked at the offside as that’s automatic. Not sure how far they go back to look at ball out of play etc

        2. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Shaw onside, VAR doesn't check out-of-play. completely done by the rulebook

          1. Leo10
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Strange. I remember VAR checked an Ajax goal v Real Madrid last season for an out of play but EPL VAR is wild so who knows. I think it was too far back in the build up anyway tbf

      • diesel001
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        LOL. The ball was out of play for a throw-in before the Man Utd goal.

      • Reg83
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Rashford to Bluewood ??

        • Pat Bonner
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Did Brighton just write this game off before it started

        • Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 11 days ago

          We all own Bruno anyway so who cares.

          1. Collie01
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            I don't!

          2. The Dance
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            not everyone

        • Rainer
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Mile out too LOL

          Operation anything to get United into top 4 in full flow.

          1. Lindelol
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            apparently

        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Linesman laughing, Bruno owner spotted

        • KGFC
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Ball bad bounced out before the goal... VARcical strikes again...

        • TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Everyone still happy with their Bruno -> Martial totally not knee jerk transfer?

        • Duke Silver ☑
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          The timing of that assistant's smile 😆