Scout Notes

Fernandes and Rashford deliver but Man United still far from their FPL best

BRIGHTON 2-3 MAN UNITED

  • Goals: Neal Maupay (£6.5m), Solly March (£5.0m) | Lewis Dunk (£5.0m) own goal, Marcus Rashford (£9.5m), Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m)
  • Assists: Tariq Lamptey (£4.6m), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£5.5m) | Nemanja Matic (£5.0m), Fernandes, Harry Maguire (£5.5m)
  • Bonus points: Fernandes x3, Maupay x2, March x1

Important Fantasy Premier League hauls for Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) papered over the cracks of yet another poor performance for Manchester United in Gameweek 3.

The Red Devils were comfortably second best at Brighton on Saturday lunch-time and somehow managed to leave the Amex Stadium with all three points.

They won the pulsating encounter thanks to one of the most dramatic climaxes to a Premier League match in recent history. Fernandes scored a penalty awarded beyond the referee’s full-time whistle, after Solly March (£5.0m) thought he had rescued a deserved point for Brighton.

It was the hosts, who hit the woodwork five times in Gameweek 3, who arguably emerged from this with more Fantasy appeal for the coming weeks as Neal Maupay (£6.5m) added his fourth attacking return of the campaign, March had a wealth of chances prior to his late goal and Leandro Trossard (£6.0m) hit the bar after delivering in each of his two previous outings.

It is, admittedly, a trip to in-form Everton up next, although Carlo Ancelotti’s men have only kept one clean sheet so far and conceded three goals across their first three matches – so there is every reason to believe the Seagulls can cause trouble at Goodison Park.

Meanwhile, Fernandes – who concerned his owners with another poor game – thundered home the penalty and suddenly found himself with a goal, assist and involvement in two more. Despite the relative mediocre display, he ended proceedings with 12 points.

“I’m very happy for Marcus to get that goal. He was just a couple of inches offside on a counter-attack we had, with a great cross from Mason [Greenwood]. We did see some moments that we didn’t see last week. We’re getting a little bit better but I think we need to admit sometimes you get away with one, and today we probably didn’t deserve more than one point.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The 90 minutes were swamped with goals, disallowed strikes, shaken goalposts, overturned penalties and a ‘Panenka’ spot kick. Booked in the first half, the Portuguese playmaker then fouled Tariq Lamptey (£4.6m) and it was Maupay who cheekily dinked the penalty down the middle to put Brighton 1-0 up.

Soon after, in the 43rd minute, Fernandes hammered a free kick to the far post, which led to a goal initially awarded to Harry Maguire (£5.5m), assisted by Nemanja Matic (£5.0m) but later given as a Lewis Dunk (£5.0m) own goal.

VAR also overruled a Brighton penalty early into the second half, given against Paul Pogba (£8.0m) for catching Aaron Connolly (£5.5m) as he chased a March pass. A hectic resumption saw a second Man United goal ruled out, before Rashford scored a wonderful strike after being fed down the left channel by Fernandes. The 22-year-old cut inside and sent poor Ben White (£4.5m) flying with two dummies, before eventually finishing with his left foot.

After Fernandes advised FPL managers to “choose Anthony Martial (£9.0m) because I will give a lot of passes to him”, the Frenchman’s owners will be disappointed to see Rashford get this through ball as Martial toiled in another game without attacking returns. It will be difficult for managers to stick with him when there are so many attractive options up front, such as Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.3m), Raul Jimenez (£8.5m) and Danny Ings (£8.4m).

“We tried to press but they’ve got really good ball players at the back. When we were low, you can see we don’t have the legs or sharpness still. But we’ll get there.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Rashford’s goal stated his case for being selected as the Manchester United option, as did netting one of the disallowed strikes. Re-classified as a midfielder this time, Rashford may be just short of penalty-taking responsibilities but he would have claimed an extra 26 goal and clean sheet points if he was in midfield last season.

He may even get the occasional spot-kick, although Fernandes’ recent quote saying: “If someone comes to me to ask to take a penalty, I will not fight every time. I can easily say ‘You take it’”, already looks outdated after this match. That is now five consecutive away league wins, although they face Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal amongst their difficult next four outings.

Mason Greenwood (£7.5m) returned to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting line-up after being benched for last Saturday’s shock 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace. He was in great form during Project Restart and ended last season with ten goals, although vastly outnumbering his xG (expected goals) total of 2.91 could be interpreted in different ways. Is he a fantastic finisher, or was it a fluke?

However, if they fail to sign Jadon Sancho or anyone else in his position, Greenwood could end up being the best way to squeeze in some Manchester United coverage. He scored the other disallowed goal and looked bright, until being replaced late on.

“I thought we had scored with the last kick of the game. I don’t know where the extra time in added time came from, but we’re bitterly disappointed to concede in the way that we have because it’s a cruel blow after what was a good performance from us.” – Graham Potter

Brighton were the better, more progressive team of the first half and would have been comfortably ahead had it not been for the frame of David de Gea’s (£5.5m) goal. Trossard was twice denied by the post after being given the ball by Steven Alzate (£4.5m), becoming the first Premier League player to hit the woodwork twice in one game since Ings in January. He made it a hat-trick late on, thumping a left-footed shot off the crossbar.

It wasn’t just him. Adam Webster’s (£4.5m) looping header landed onto the bar, with March agonisingly hitting the post after the break. No team struck the woodwork more than three times in a match last year – the desperately unlucky Brighton did it five times here. Perhaps Graham Potter will want to check that the goal’s height was correct, as Spurs did on Thursday night.

Trossard was fantastic again. The Belgian scored against Chelsea on the opening day and assisted during Brighton’s convincing 3-0 win at Newcastle. He delivered five goals and five assists last season but head coach Graham Potter often rotated him, removing him from Fantasy radars. Yet he has played the full 90 minutes of all three matches so far – once their fixtures improve, he could be a very interesting option.

Up next for the Seagulls is trips to Everton and Crystal Palace, before hosting West Brom and travelling to Spurs. Regardless of opponent, the exciting Lamptey will be a good player to own. The pacy right wing-back turns 19 on Wednesday and bagged his third assist from three games, two of which have come from winning penalties. This follows his man of the match display at Newcastle, although that 57th minute withdrawal means he is still without a clean sheet. Mathew Ryan (£4.5m) remains a solid option in goal based on a balance of save and clean sheet potential.

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION XI (3-4-3): Ryan; Dunk, Webster, White; Lamptey, Lallana (Gross 75’), Alzate, March; Connolly (Jahanbakhsh 75’), Trossard, Maupay

MANCHESTER UNITED XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Matic, Pogba (Fred 65’); Greenwood (Bailly 83’), Fernandes, Rashford; Martial (van de Beek 90’).

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2,236 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    A) Adams -> DCL
    B) Werner -> Jimi
    C) Adams, Werner -> Jimi, DCL (-4)
    D) Adams, Werner -> Jimi, Ings (-4)

    1. D ✅
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      A

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

      C

    3. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      A

      1. Viper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        Sorry, meant B

    4. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      A

    5. The Chosen One
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      B. Adams is playing well, has wba next and decent fixtures.

    6. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Cheers all

  2. F_Ivanovic
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    I hate Saturday nights.... wrecks my brain trying to decide if i want to early transfer or not which I never like doing just because price rises are going to happen.

    Ultimately think I'm going to wait it out. Can't decide between Martial and Werner and want to see how Jimenez does first and if there are any other more pressing concerns.

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Worth the wait

  3. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Nice to see Digne got a BAP in the end!

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

      and James managed one wow

  4. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Jim or Ings?

    Can have one now

    1. D ✅
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      To get rid of Werner?

      1. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        Yep

    2. Cynical
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Jimenez

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

      Jimi

    4. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Jim

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

    Be funny when Werner scores next weekend.

    1. D ✅
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Own goal?

      1. Frucke
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        Haha

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      He will still be 40% owned

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

      Many others will score too.

    4. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      I own Werner and captained him this week. Even if he scores next week I'm not sure it will be enough.

    5. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Werner when Ziyech and Pulisic are fit is a must. Honest.

  6. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Digne Bap wow

    1. D ✅
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Hopefully price rise

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

      How's Reece James snuck one?

      1. D ✅
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        Cross merchant

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 6 days ago

          This lol

    3. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      James is more surprising.

  7. Roy Rovers
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Martial or Werner > Jimmi?

    1. Prestige_Worldwide
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      I did Martial-> Jimmy, I still think Werner will fire, just wish it was sooner rather than later

  8. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Any interest in Vardy at home vs wham and Villa?

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

      I sold Vardy for Jimenez this weekend to save money. May well regret it but Jimenez's fixtures are better on paper.

  9. Buck The Trent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Best replacement for Werner?
    A Ings
    B Mitrovic
    C Wood
    D Richa (have DCL, jrod)
    E Brewster

    1. D ✅
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      E or C most likely

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Aaaaaaaaa

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      A

    4. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Danny Boy

    5. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      A by a mile, look at those next 5 fixtures, the hardest is Chelsea away who just conceded 3 against West Brom.

  10. Bartowski
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    This one's for all those Werner owners out there...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJZF-skCY-M

  11. Bleh
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Who to lose for Jimi? Looks like both are falling.

    A. Werner
    B. Martial
    C. Both and get DCL/Rich

    1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Just Martial. Keep Werner.

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

      C

  12. HD7
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Should I use the Wildcard mates?

    Mccarthy
    TAA Taylor Justin Davies
    Salah Son Hamez Zaha
    Martial Werner

    Button Egan Bissouma Brewster

    1. Bartowski
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Hodor

  13. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Kane->Jimenez to catch the rise?

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

      Nah

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Kane > Jiminez for more points.

  14. TFP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    does anyone know what the approximate chances of a KdB overnight price rise are?

    1. Bartowski
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Drunken Saturday night transfers = 100%

      1. TFP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        totally insane given that there are two city and three Belgium fixtures ahead of the first chance for new owners to score FPL points.

        but I like it, count me in.

  15. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Just did Martial to Jimmy. Gonna regret it ain't I

    1. dshv
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Yea..

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

      Yep

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

      Specially against spurs

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

      Don't think so. This will pay off in the future...

  16. On The Up
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    I've got 16pts but fpl is showing 15?

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Yeah I've got 21 but it says 22..

      1. On The Up
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        Some last minute bap changes?

        1. Traction Engine Foot
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 6 days ago

          I hope so!

    2. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      On 150 but FPL but only shows 12.

  17. dshv
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    I did asm to podence so;

    Werner for (-4)

    1. Jimmy
    2. Ings
    3. Stick

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

      1

    2. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      not for a hit

  18. gmando2011
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    anyone picking Vardy over Kane on WC?

    1. tempest
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      No way

  19. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Ok so Jim or Ings? Go with better team so Jim?

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      I think Jimenez will get more points.

      Being in a better team helps, but I wouldn't use that as a cognitive shortcut, as it can mislead.

      Jimenez gets much better chances than Ings, but is an inferior finisher, so it balances out. But over these fixtures, Jimenez is the clear winner imo.

      1. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks a lot !

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        Agree but Ings game next week vs west brom will have me behind the couch

  20. Prestige_Worldwide
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Rhys James still managed 1 BAP despite being a defender with no goals, no assists and a yellow card in 3-3 game, that’s impressive. Always looks dangerous.

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

      very impressive

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

        be nicer if he didnt do all the other bad things tho

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

      Makes sense.

      It's only SIX goals. Not like anyone else did anything of note.

  21. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Podence to Harvey Baŕnes for a hit?

    1. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      No.

  22. tempest
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    For those that saw the United game....

    Martial —> Jiminez before the rise tonight? Better fixtures too...

    1. Frucke
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Did that exact move now

  23. Cheeto__Bandito
      5 months, 6 days ago

      A) Werner and Bissouma to Jimenez and Foden -4 (bench davies)

      B) Davies to Saiss

      got 2 hours to decide before priced out...

      1. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        Goons go A now I think

        1. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 6 days ago

          *Gonna

      2. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        I'd do a) and b) and take a -8

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

      Werner to jimenez before Price rise?

    • Jolly Good
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Martial -> Jiminez
      Davies -> Robbo

      Done for -4. Feeling adventurous. If something goes wrong I have WC in my back pocket.

    • Going To Win This Year
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Martial to
      A Jimi
      B DCL
      C Richa

      Already got Hamez

      1. gmando2011
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        a

    • gmando2011
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      A) Ings and KDB

      or

      B) Kane & Mahrez

      1. Frucke
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        A

    • james 101
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      How did martial play?

      Worth keeping?

      1. Labile
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        Yep

        1. james 101
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 6 days ago

          Looked good?

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 6 days ago

            Nobody in the United team looked good.

      2. james 101
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        If not, who’d you bring in for him?

        I have jimmy and dcl too

        1. Labile
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 6 days ago

          Ings and Kane look great options..

          Who am I kidding.. Tony was pooor again if you want to get rid I really wouldn’t blame you

    • Labile
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Score predictions?

      Kane
      Mahrez
      KDB

      1. Bartowski
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        13
        8
        5

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 6 days ago

        2
        5
        10

    • Jolly Good
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Maupay is the 2nd pts scorer at the moment in FPL. Thanks to Lamptey... the kid is on fire and unfortunate just to have 11 pts from 3 games.

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        Yup i think maupay could be a bargain this year. Could do an Ings or Jimenez