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FPL lessons learned as Martial and Rashford outscore Fernandes

Man United 2-2 Southampton

  • Goals: Marcus Rashford (£9.0m), Anthony Martial (£8.3m) | Stuart Armstrong (£5.2m), Michael Obafemi (£4.9m)
  • Assists: Martial, Bruno Fernandes (£9.0m) | Nathan Redmond (£6.2m), Jan Bednarek (£4.4m)
  • Bonus Points: Martial x3, Bednarek x2, Rashford x1

Bruno Fernandes (£9.0m) left his horde of Gameweek 35+ supporters wanting more as Manchester United drew 2-2 with Southampton on Monday night.

Crucially, he was outscored by both Anthony Martial (£8.3m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.0m) on a rare off-night for the Portuguese international.

Grabbing an assist for United’s second goal of the evening, Fernandes did manage to ensure his run of games without a blank extended to four but there was much less to admire as usual.

Since arriving in the Premier League, Manchester United’s number 18 has been a shot machine, registering 16 efforts on goal between Gameweeks 30+ and 34+, the joint-third best of any midfielder.

However, across his 83-minute outing against Southampton, Fernandes was unable to shoot even once, while no penalties for his team left the man shorter of points-scoring avenues than usual.

With attention turning to Manchester City and Chelsea midfielders in Gameweek 36+, some even considering the Free Hit chip, Fantasy managers will want to know whether or not they need to keep a slot for Fernandes, who faces an admittedly porous Crystal Palace defence on Thursday.

It must be said that the Portuguese international did look both fatigued and laboured against Southampton, giving away possession in key moments and failing to find his usual insightful delivery.

It probably did not help matters than Paul Pogba (£8.3m) had an even worse outing, at fault for Southampton’s first goal and largely responsible for robbing Manchester United of any consistent rhythm in the 62 minutes he was on the pitch.

“We created some chances, some fantastic football sometimes, Anthony made some good chances for himself. But we never got the rhythm in the passing today.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United have been blessed with a kind fixture schedule in terms of turnaround thus far in Project Restart, although it does appear that the compressed nature of the Premier League’s return is starting to take some sort of toll on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men if this most recent performance is anything to go by.

The fact that the trip to Selhurst Park awaits them on Thursday certainly increases the pressure on their fitness. 

But Fernandes owners have to remember that, since Gameweek 30+, only Norwich (15) have conceded more goals than Crystal Palace (13).

And while Fernandes was outscored by Martial and Rashford on Monday night, he has been a more reliable source of points on the road recently.

United’s French centre-forward certainly looked the part once more against Southampton, coming away with a goal and assist, maximum bonus and unlucky not to get more than that.

In the ninth minute, he pickpocketed James Ward-Prowse (£5.7m) in a dangerous area and was denied in a one-on-one with Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) by a strong left-hand by the Saints’ goalkeeper.

In the second half, Martial might have had another assist and goal too. Rashford’s piece of 67th-minute skill on the left-hand side left Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.4m) behind enabling the forward to slide Martial into the dead-ball line. He cut it back to Rashford, only to see Ryan Bertrand (£4.8m) slide in with a brilliant block to deny a certain goal.

Then, in the 80th minute, Martial went on an incredible run down the left, through the middle and past a crowd of Southampton defenders to get through on goal, only to spurn the finish, one he usually would have buried.

Rashford also could have had more than his goal and seven-point return.

Luke Shaw (£5.4m) picked out his pacey run through the middle in the 15th minute, his netted effort ruled out for offside.

Rashford then got through in the 52nd minute after Fernandes’ threaded ball only to see Jan Bednarek (£4.4m) block his goal-bound effort. 

Three minutes later, Fernandes’ chipped pass reached Rashford despite a Walker-Peters handball, who tried a powerful knuckle-ball effort from distance, rippling the side-netting in what would have been a wonderful goal.

However, while Martial and Rashford looked more explosive than Fernandes on Monday night, the disadvantage both of them have against the Portuguese international is their away form.

Since the Premier League came back, Martial has double-figure hauls in every home match, recording 16 points per game at Old Trafford. But across his three on the road, his average stands at 3.7 points per game.

Rashford has also returned in every Project Restart home match so far (7.3 points per game) but is yet to do anything but blank on the road since Gameweek 30+.

By comparison, Fernandes has scored in every road trip in that time, averaging 12.7 points per game in such fixtures. 

Fantasy managers may also be tempted to look at the Manchester United defence for Gameweek 36+. While Crystal Palace’s poor goal-scoring fortunes at home are well-documented this season, the Red Devils backline did suffer some problems against Southampton.

Not only were some of their weaknesses exposed, Solskjaer potentially has a staffing problem at left-back for the trip to Selhurst Park.

Shaw rolled his ankle in the second half, replaced in the 74th minute by Brandon Williams (£3.9m), but the youngster ended up walking off with a nasty gash to the head in stoppage time. Nemanja Matić (£4.8m) was forced to deputise in the left-back position for the closing stages, so it will be interesting to see who claims the spot at Selhurst Park and whether or not that affects Manchester United’s defensive credentials.

For the final moments of the game, in which Michael Obafemi (£4.9m) struck the dramatic equaliser, the Red Devils were reduced to 10 men, because Williams left the field after the three allocated substitute windows had been used.

“He got a cut above his eye. We’ll have to [wait and see]. I’ve not been to see him yet. He’s with the medical staff. Yeah (it was bad luck to lose him) but that’s how it is. We defended well until that corner. Always disappointing to get that in the 96th minute but that’s football. I know the feeling the other way around.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

However, Southampton still caused them plenty of problems all evening.

Stuart Armstrong (£5.2m) threatened in the early stages, breaking away from Pogba in the 10th minute and forcing a sprawling save out of David de Gea (£5.3m) before scoring a minute later.

It was Pogba who lost possession in the defensive third under pressure from Danny Ings (£7.4m), allowing Nathan Redmond (£6.2m) to get in behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m) and feed an unmarked Armstrong at the back post. While he was not the only one at fault for this goal, it was interesting to see the Manchester Evening News claim the Gameweek 36+ trip to Crystal Palace could be an ideal time to rest Wan-Bissaka, who was below par on Monday night, picking up a yellow card in the process.

The Southampton wingers combined again in the 48th minute when Armstrong scythed through the middle and laid off to Redmond who drove wide of the left-hand post.

The former Norwich man then went close in the 85th minute, cutting inside from the flanks past Matić, curling an effort at de Gea, who tipped over flamboyantly.

Interestingly, Ings played a rather peripheral role in this Southampton display, especially compared to those stationed in the wide-midfield roles. Since the restart, he has been less effective against the bigger clubs, blanking against Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal but scoring in meetings with Norwich, Watford and Everton. Ings faces Brighton, Bournemouth and Sheffield United between now and the end of the season.

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Shaw (B Williams 75′), Maguire, Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka; Matić, Pogba (Fred 63′); Rashford, B Fernandes (McTominay 84′), Greenwood (D James 84′); Martial.

Southampton XI: McCarthy; Bertrand, Bednarek, J Stephens, Walker-Peters; Redmond, Romeu (Obafemi 87′), Ward-Prowse, Armstrong (Smallbone 70′); Ings, Adams (S Long 64′).

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2,012 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Martial is better home. Bruno is better away. That’s all you need to know. Been obvious for a while

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Tony has been unlucky not to come with points away from home.

      1. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Yes but his role is slightly different away from home too. Bruno occupies deeper positions at home but is fairly advanced away. That has a knock on effect on Martial

    2. stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      You should start a blog or something

  2. DAVESAVES
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Hello

  3. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Any ideas on this lot?
    Mahrez, Jimi & AWB need to go

    Pope Hendo
    TAA Doherty AWB Gomez Taylor
    Salah Raz Bruno Mahrez Foden
    Jimenez DCL Greenwood

    1 FT 0.1 itb

  4. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Where can i find the scoutcast as audio only? Thanks.

    1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Don't think it's uploaded yet.

  5. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Captain:

    A) Sterling (BOU)
    B) D.Silva (BOU)
    C) Pulisic (NOR)

    Have Bournemouth improved defensively or were Leicester and Spurs just very poor?

    1. Vazza
        3 months, 9 days ago

        B

      • Vazza
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Sorry I meant C

        • Do I Not Like Orange
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Sterling

          1. Vazza
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Is Sterling going to start though?

              1. Do I Not Like Orange
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Nobody knows. If you've got him in your squad though you might as well captain.

          2. Fernando Torres
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Leicester capitulated. Before GKs howler, Bournemouth could have conceded many

          3. Effe
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            C

        • unitednations
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Having Ddg over a 3rd utd attacker has killed me:( Ideas here with 1FT and 1m itb.

          DDG
          Taa • Doherty • Holgate ----------- Kiko Lamptey
          Mahrez • KDB • Bruno • Pulisic --- Guendouzi
          Jimmy • Rashford • Vardy

          A: Ddg + Mahrez >> Pope + Martial (-4)
          B: Jimmy + Guendouzi >> Ings + Foden and bench Mahrez
          C: FH to bring in sterling, dilva, ings, 3 chelsea, antonio
          D: something else

        • Vazza
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Greenwood expected points vs Palace?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              2

          • HurriKane
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            These moves worth a FH in gw36+?

            Vardy(SHU) Son(new) Martial(cpl) KDB(mci) Taylor(WOL) Patricio (bur) ---> Giroud(NOR) Pulisic(NOR) Foden (bou) Dilva(bou) Alonso/Azpi(NOR) Ederson(NOR)

            _____
            TAA(ars), Doherty(bur) _____
            Salah(ars),Bruno(cpl) _____, _____, _____
            Greenwood(cpl), _____

            1. DAVESAVES
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Yes

          • Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Better option on FH?

            A. Antonio Giroud
            B. Willian Ings

            1. PortoGuy
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 9 days ago

              B

            2. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              A

            3. Rolls-Royce
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Willian Giru

            4. stu92
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 9 days ago

              B

          • Sgt Frank Drebin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            What are those Pulisic roumors based on? Another "he wasn't on the photos" story?

          • Rolls-Royce
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            New post, re post:

            What changes would you make to this lot?

            Patricio
            Doherty Maguire Holgate*
            Sterling Salah Bruno Martial Pulisic
            Jesus Jiminez

            Martin| Dawson Nketiah* Ngakia*

            1FT| 0inb

            Thinking:
            A) Jiminez -> Ings
            B) Jiminez-> Giroud/Chelsea striker whoever starts
            C) Salah -> Foden
            D) Any other

            Cheers.

          • Legohair
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Jimenez to Ings worth to take hit?

            1. Rolls-Royce
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Nah, don't think so

          • Manumana
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Best keeper for the FH team. Not Ederson

            Thanks

            1. Dosh
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              McCarthy or Pope

          • Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            McCarthy
            TAA Doherty Aurier
            Sterling KDB Mahrez Bruno Martial
            Rashford Jimenez

            (3.9 Holgate Cathcart Nketiah)
            1Ft & 0.8m

            A) Jimenez ➡ Ings
            B) Jimenez & Mahrez ➡ Jesus & Pulisic -4

            Feels like another 50-50 decision which could go horribly wrong or right.

          • Jukes
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Thinking of using FH in GW38 now. So much uncertainty with FA Cup this week.

              Pope (Button)
              Holgate TAA Doherty (Lascelles/Lamptey)
              Bruno Salah Martial KDB Foden
              Vardy Greenwood (Jiménez)

              Thinking just KDB to Pulisic. Thoughts??

            • Nightf0x
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              FH team template please

            • Dosh
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Pick any 2 on free hit please.

              1. Giroud
              2. Bruno
              3. Antonio
              4. Jesus

              1. Team Cruel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                24

                1. Boberella
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  This

              2. n14mul
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                2 & 4

            • Gegenpress
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              What time are the pressers today?

              Any news on Aurier?

              Put in order of Priority for this week:

              1) Dilva
              2) Sterling
              3) Jesus
              4) Ings
              5) Willian
              6) Pulisic
              7) Giroud
              8) Antonio

              1. StayoutheSpiceZone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Aurier surely won’t play

                6
                3
                7
                1
                2
                4
                5
                8

              2. The Overthinker
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Will wait for more news

              3. n14mul
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                no foden??

                1. Gegenpress
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Already got Foden in

            • Do I Not Like Orange
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Who would you captain from this lot?

              A) KDB
              B) Foden
              C) Ings
              D) Salah
              E) Martial

              1. StayoutheSpiceZone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                I’m
                Currently on B

              2. n14mul
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                same b

            • royals forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Morning

              What would you do with this team for this GW

              Pope Ramsdale

              Azpilicueta Fernandez Stevens Boly Egan

              KDB Martial Foden Fernandes Mane

              Ings Greenwood Jimenez

              1.7 ITB 1FT

              Any ideas would be welcomed

            • Jukes
                3 months, 9 days ago

                D

              • StayoutheSpiceZone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Who to captain?

                Fabianski
                Justin Azpi VVD
                Foden KDB Martial Bruno Pullsic
                Greenwood Jesus

                Martinez Vardy Dawson PVA

                Captain thoughts would be welcome!

                1FT 5.1m itb

                1. drughi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  jesus or pulisic worth a shot this gameweek

                  1. drughi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    also I would play vardy over greenwood

                2. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Pulisic

                3. n14mul
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  foden or pulisic

              • Steve McCroskey
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Would you transfer Guendouzi out for Foden this GW? Would mean benching Greenwood and burning my second FT

                1. DannyDrinkVodka
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  I like it. I like it a lot

                2. Do I Not Like Orange
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Yes

                3. drughi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  yes

                4. Boberella
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Yes. Without hesitation

                5. n14mul
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  resounding yes I think. Although I do think greenwood could explode vs a palace side on the beach

              • DannyDrinkVodka
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 9 days ago

                I’m starting DCL over Greenwood, am I stupid?

                1. beric
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Yes

                2. Van der Faart
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  I mean Everton look like they're on the beach

                3. merin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Yes. Even though DCL face Villa, he still doesn’t have form. Greenwood have both form and fixture.

              • merin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Want Martial, but not sure what mid to ship to make room. Any suggestions?

                Pope Button
                TAA Doherty AWB Robinson Simpson
                KDB Salah Fernandes Pulisic Foden
                Rashford Ings Nketiah

                0 FT, 3.5 ITB

                1. Team Cruel
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Not worth the -8 this week

                2. Do I Not Like Orange
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Wait a week then Pulisic > Martial

                  1. merin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Cheers!

                    Might do AWB Pulisic -> Egan Martial (for a hit) next week.

              • Bruno Commando
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Best option?

                A) Vardy -> Ings
                B) Vardy -> Jesus
                C) Vardy + Mahrez -> Salah + Giroud/Rodriguez
                D) Vardy + Mahrez -> Mane + Ings

                1. merin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  A

              • FPLHaggis
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Some big calls for my team this week:

                Play:
                A) C.Taylor WOL (Pope in goals)
                B) Boly bur (rival has double WOL def)

                Play:
                1) Greenwood cpl
                2) Jimenez bur (Pope in goals)

                1. beric
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  B1

                2. Bwana Kubwa
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    B2

                3. Crashjct
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Is this a good gameweek to FH?

                  1. drughi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    its only 3 gameweeks left so I would say it is depending on your team

                  2. beric
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    I dont think its as good as the last week since we are likely to get three city players who then probably wont start.

                    On the last week hopefully we get line up news and really take advantage.

                  3. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    It is but the City options you may want may not all start. A good team for this week could leave you 10m ITB

                4. Ashante'Kotoko
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Guys please Captain
                  A) Jesus

                  B) D Silva

                  C) Antonio

                  D) Pulisic

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    D

                  2. drughi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    A

                5. Fernando Torres
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Salah or Mane

                  Foden or Dilva?

                  On Free Hit.

                  1. Van der Faart
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Replied on last page. Foden Salah