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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. POLSKA GOLA
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Offside and own goal. The ball was out of play as well. It’s comical how bad English referees are

    1. Pat Bonner
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      All offsides are checked automatically by VAR though?

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

        Where's the lines? Why in other matches we're waiting for 2-3 minutes to understand it's offside or not?

    2. Reg83
        1 month, 5 days ago

        or VAR?

        1. POLSKA GOLA
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          VAR decisions are made by the referees who analyse video footage and male a decision

      • Syd.
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        They usually rely on the crowd to make the decisions

      • ManUnitedComeBack
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Defender on the far side was playing him onside. It was a shot on target so recorded as a deflected goal rather than an own goal. Ball out of play yes, but current VAR guidelines don't permit that to be checked (should be updated moving forward)

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Shhh MANUNITEDCOMEBACK. Let them be salty.

        2. Tinkermania
            1 month, 5 days ago

            We saw the defender, still looks offside.

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

              Then your problem isn't VAR, it's blindness

        3. Yank Revolution
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Out of play was ruled on by Match Center. They said that it happened too far in the past to affect the ensuing goal.

      • Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        83% EO
        Hmm

      • Team Cruel
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        If that's not a Bruno goal then PL can half Lampard's total goals tally too

        1. Berbs
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Fair point tbf

        2. Big_Andy_GAWA
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Sure it was struck left of the goal!

          1. sunnyh
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            as long as its on target before the deflection

            doesnt matter if he was aiming at the left post and ends up going in at the right post

        3. JBG
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Haha this, he was an expert at those shots.

      • Reg83
          1 month, 5 days ago

          bruno actually a differential. only owned by 20.9%

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

            Lol

          2. Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            20.9% is basically like 80%. Most people aren't playing the game anymore

        • Zilla
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          The overreactions here on Bruno last weekend rofl 😀

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

            People called him Portuguese Mark Noble. Like seriously?

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

              Right?!?! So harsh on Mark Noble.

            2. COK3Y5MURF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Noble would've scored that without a lucky deflection

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

              Lol

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

          Lamptey looking good

          1. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Looks like a great young talent alright.

        • Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          One more and Ole can pull Bruno off at half time.

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

            Giggity.

          2. Bartowski
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Never seen that goal bonus on football manager...

          3. Syd.
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            A few on here will pull him off if he scores another

          4. Duke Silver ☑
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Not a happy ending for captainers 😆

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

            Who should the five subs be if Utd are cruising?

            Shaw, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial, Maguire?

            1. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Pogba and Rashford back from injury so probably them. Shaw and Bruno because of the 120 mins.

              Not sure on the other. Maguire's important, and probably doesn't need rest.

        • RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Rashford looks lively I think. Just too deep for large periods

          1. EWH2020
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Expensive for a left midfielder

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Similar to Son positioning?

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Yeah sadly. Wide and deeper

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

            Disagree, hes hugging the touchline, not where a striker needs to be, Martial is the main man up top

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Yeah, I was referring to those saying he wasn’t match fit. He looks fit and lively to me. Just our wide

          4. Dybala10
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Too much walking football with him now

          5. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            The front 3 seem to be very fluid with 2 up, 1 down at any time.

          6. Pat Bonner
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Yep too deep and too wide

        • Rinseboy
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Bruno seems to be playing a lot further forward compared to Sheffield game. With Pogba deeper. Anyone else recon the same?

          1. Berbs
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Looks similar for both TBH

            1. Rinseboy
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              true maybe they sense Brighton are pretty toothless. Exciting tho Bruno been involved a lot more

            2. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Yes, if i knew this would've captain for sure

          2. Reg83
              1 month, 5 days ago

              yeah; Bruno & Pogba have agreed to alternate attacking duties

            • DD
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              His positioning is identical to the Sheffield game. If you look at Martials first 2 goals, he was in the box close to Martials position each time. Balls could easily have landed at his feet and it would've been a different conversation here all week.

          3. Reg83
              1 month, 5 days ago

              cant believe i selected DDG & Rashford over AWB & Bluewood!

            • sandman58
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Shaw was clearly onside...what are u all on about!!!!!

            • Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Bruno EO anyone?

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                76%

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Sorry - 83.07%

              2. Collie01
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                83 I think

                1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Thanks lads

            • FOO FIGHTER
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Martial and Rashford here.

                Spare a thought for me lol

                1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Unlucky

                2. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Time will come

              • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Can’t really sell any of Bruno, AWB, Martial now tbf

                Spanner in the works with trying to get Rashford

                Maybe Ings or Jesus instead of Rashford as a Vardy replacement... or just keep Vardy...

                1. Hits from the Bong
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Martial looks sellable and Rashford is no Ings

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

                    Yeah I’m not selling Martial when he’s just started his 22nd game out of the last 23 thanks

                    Fitness, not ability, was always his issue - as an OOP mid he’s gold

                  2. Yank Revolution
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Insane take on Martial

              • Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Come oooooon Marcus. Brace is needed

              • Zladan
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Liverpool very strong,
                City always up there,
                United seem to have finally found themselves,
                Chelsea are solid and have recruited well.

                2020-2021 could be a very exciting season at the top.

                1. Right In The Stanchion
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Exciting with no fans in the stadiums.

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

                      Hopefully we will be back in the stadiums soon enough into the next season.

                      1. Right In The Stanchion
                          1 month, 4 days ago

                          Coronavirus is going nowhere until next summer in my opinion.

                    2. Rainer
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      The purchase of VAR over the break might just edge it for United.

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

                      Leicester and Wolves are both still very solid, Mourinho with a full preseason and some new blood.

                      Top 6 is going to be nuts next season

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

                        I wonder if Wolves can hang onto Jimmy. I just feel there aren’t that many top top forwards and he’s certainly working his way into that bracket.

                        There’s always something about LCFC I just don’t trust but they seem to do very well.

                        I think Spurs are way off it tbh. But not as far off it as Arsenal.

                    4. Berbs
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      It'll be a top two and the rest

                    5. BUZZBOMB
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      City
                      Liverpool -7
                      Spurs -15
                      Chelsea -17
                      Arsenal -20
                      Wolves -21

                      Final table May 21

                    6. JONALDINHO
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      United and Chelsea are nowhere near City and the Pool. Wolves are far more consistent than them

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

                        United haven’t lost in 14 games. Something just clicking there.

                        I do think the jump to top 2 could just be too big, but let’s see.

                        1. RECKLESS
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 4 days ago

                          Need a RM/RW and CB. Attack wins you matches, Defence wins you titles

                  • Right In The Stanchion
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      Ighalo on for Martial around the 60 min mark. Martial buyers running out of time...

                      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Yawn

                        1. Right In The Stanchion
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Go to bed if you’re tired.

                            1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 5 days ago

                              If I have to listen to you anymore I might have to!

                              1. Right In The Stanchion
                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                  I’ll come back when Ighalo comes on for Martial around 60 mins

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

                          Rashford wideeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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

                          That's a fantastic hit, thanks Trashford

                        4. Cholito
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Wow, how lucky MU are.
                          2 goals at near post from 2 shots on target, no offside checking in second goal, Bruno shot was in different direction before ricochet.
                          Same old United, like for 7 seasons now. Fans are start shouting about "ManU back" and "Fernandes is the best". Just check all his G or A, it's hilarious

                          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Bruno’s shot back off the post early on too

                            1. Tinkermania
                                1 month, 4 days ago

                                off the post is not on target by the way. 🙂

                            2. Would Ed Woodward
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 4 days ago

                              Bruno has been great, even discounting his goals and assists.

                          2. DAZZ
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Who’s a worse pick, Rashford or Vardy? Both useless

                            1. Leo10
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 4 days ago

                              Vardy because at least Rashford can produce something out of nothing. Vardy is totally reliant on others and his team have went missing.

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

                            Has Rashford forgotten how to play football?

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

                              He's got Bruno as captain in his FPL team 😆

                          4. Lindelol
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Martial(c) fail it seems

                            1. Right In The Stanchion
                                1 month, 5 days ago

                                If united score again Ighalo is coming on. Could be an early bath for Martial

                                1. Pep Roulette
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                  Ighalo played 120 minutes against Norwich.

                            2. Amey
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 5 days ago

                              It was before 30 seconds ...
                              Now stop moaning 😛

                            3. Reg83
                                1 month, 5 days ago

                                the good thing DDG gets 6 pts by doing nothing; the bad thing AWB being the new TAA

                              • Reg83
                                  1 month, 5 days ago

                                  ManU are gonna pip Leicester for that 4th CL spot arent they?

                                  1. Rolls-Royce
                                    • 6 Years
                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                    Probably

                                  2. Giggs Boson
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 8 Years
                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                    Hope so.

                                    Add FA Cup and Europa League trophies too while you're at it 😛

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

                                    Not a Man Utd fan, but I hope so. Want Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd to be England's CL reps. With Wolves, Leicester and Spurs in the EL.

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

                                    Chelsea drop points in a couple of games and United will finish third.

                                  5. Yank Revolution
                                    • 8 Years
                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                    F yeah

                                • Noah’s Ark
                                  • 7 Years
                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                  Does anyone have the link to that site that shows what you points would have been if you reversed your captain and vice captain?

                                    1. Noah’s Ark
                                      • 7 Years
                                      1 month, 4 days ago

                                      Thanks you. Almost 80 points worse off than if I always captained my VC

                                • Rolls-Royce
                                  • 6 Years
                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                  Bruno price in FPL next season?

                                  1. Leo10
                                    • 6 Years
                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                    9.5 or 10.0

                                  2. Berbs
                                    • 9 Years
                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                    9-9.5m.

                                  3. Ógie
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 7 Years
                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                    10 maybe?

                                  4. g40steve
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                    10

                                  5. Zladan
                                    • 3 Years
                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                    9.5m

                                • UnitedRthebest
                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                    Last week captained Bruno this week Marcus sometimes I wish fpl got rid of captains to spare my sanity

                                  • Hazz
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                    Come on Tony. Liven up...