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Ill Martial misses out as Fernandes aims to continue unblemished away record

Anthony Martial (£8.7m) is absent from the Manchester United squad this afternoon as the Red Devils prepare to face in-form Southampton.

Kick-off at St Mary’s is at 14:00 GMT.

Speaking ahead of kick-off, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of Martial’s absence:

Anthony fell ill overnight so he’s in the hotel by himself, poor lad. So that’s the reason Ant isn’t playing.

A number of ‘flagged’ United assets do make Solskjaer’s starting XI, however, namely Marcus Rashford (£9.5m), Victor Lindelof (£4.9m) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.4m).

The Norwegian has made two changes from the side that squeaked past West Bromwich Albion last weekend, with Martial one of the players to make way.

Juan Mata (£5.9m) drops to the bench, with Mason Greenwood (£7.1m) and Donny van de Beek (£6.7m) promoted to Solskjaer’s line-up.

The Dutchman is making his first ever Premier League start, having had to be content with substitute roles in the first two months of the campaign.

Paul Pogba (£7.7m) and Scott McTominay (£4.9m) miss out altogether through injury, as expected.

The team news for Southampton is much more straightforward, with Ralph Hasenhuttl naming an unchanged side.

Danny Ings (£8.3m) is not part of the Saints’ matchday squad today but his manager suggested in Friday’s pre-match press conference that he could well be available for selection against Brighton in Gameweek 11.

It’s three to one in the hosts’ favour in terms of players with double-digit FPL ownership, a reflection of how the season has been going for each side.

Alex McCarthy (£4.6m), Jannik Vestergaard (£4.7m) and Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.6m) are all in more than 10% of Fantasy squads, with Bruno Fernandes (£10.8m) the only player from the Reds who can say the same.

Southampton’s defence have kept three clean sheets in a row on the south coast and haven’t been breached at St Mary’s since the 5-2 hammering by Spurs in Gameweek 2.

Fernandes, however, hasn’t blanked in any of his 10 away appearances since moving to England at the beginning of 2020.


Southampton XI: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Djenepo, Walcott, Adams.

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles, Fred, Matic, van de Beek, Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood.


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1,776 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Rashford 4% eo

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

      Should have been in the differential article. Will haul today for sure

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I messed up tbh thought he was injured and panicked, was going to (c) him and got Vardy (c) instead

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I really do think he does haul

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Would love to have him if the diamond is used consistently.

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

    Strange that Cavani doesnt start but good for United that lazy tony is out

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Think Cavani lacks fitness to start so few days apart.

    2. Plant Based Footballer
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Is he lazy, dispirited, depressed or what, but his morale sure seems terrible.

  3. Joey Tribbiani
      3 months, 6 days ago

      lets go soton

    • Bennyboy1907
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Can I save a transfer this week ?

        Current team : 1.3ITB
        Martinez
        Robbo, Chillwell, Coufal (Lamptey, Mitchell)
        KDB, Bruno, Grealish, Zaha (Bissouma)
        Vardy, DCL, Bamford

        GW11: save transfer
        GW12: Zaha >>> Salah
        Vardy >>> budget striker under 6.6

        1. Z
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Yes...save it

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

        III

      • Reeker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Ralph Hasenhüttl masterclass please

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 6 days ago

          The height of the line shall determine fates

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        VDB shows your worth to FPL managers!

      • Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Is going without Salah madness especially v Fulham ?

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

          next week is ok but against fulham is suicide

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Yep that's what I thought haha cheers 🙂

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Put it this way, ownership more than 50-60% and cap by so many with EO > 100% with any chance of hattrick. OR could easily slumps and Manchester derby unpredictable.

        3. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 6 days ago

          His ownership might be "just" 35%~ for Fulham so rank wise you could be okay... but I'd just get him.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            You sure?

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 6 days ago

              It's 30% now and he only returned 6 against Brighton, probably won't do much against Wolves so I assume it won't change that much. My understanding of the casual mind could be off though.

        4. Patio Kev
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          I’m thinking of going without and just having Jota instead of it looks like he will start.

        5. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Cheers all

      • Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Let's go Bruunoo!!

      • Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I'll be amazed if we can't score against Maguire!

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Why are people so certain that Man Utd are going to win this?

        Southampton are in better form, have had the week off, and play as a team.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 6 days ago

          no Ings = no party

        2. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Line high and Utd thrive on the counter

        3. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          United supporters...

          But also Southampton's style very much favors Ole's one note ""tactical"" approach, and Ralph has shown stubbornness and naivety when facing similar sides.

      • wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        McCarthy owners are you ready for the penalty save?

      • fedolefan
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Come on Che. Let's fluke some points in this game.

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

        2-0 Southampton - Walcott and Adams. Gut feeling

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        come on wally

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 6 days ago

        In Southampton we trust

      • Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Soton haven't beaten United in over 5 years. If you think they win today you are silly

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Anything could happen with Ole on the wheel

        2. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Well, by this logic they'll never beat United again

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Guess they never will then

        3. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Those records have been falling like flies recent years. Im surprised its that long considering Moyes and Ole.

        4. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Aston Villa beat Liverpool 7-2 mate, anything can happen here...

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

          I know its pedantic but it's less than 5 years.

          alot of draws since then

        6. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          When Leicester won the PL recently, when had they won it last?

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            That's called a miracle, bit different is it not?

            1. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Nope. Any one of the PL teams can beat the other 19 on the right day.

        7. Patio Kev
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Soton have beaten Man Utd many times over the years though. Who can forget those awful grey kits when it finished 3-1 or the time they won 6-3.

          Let’s hope it’s not today though.

      • Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Just out of interest what do people prefer for the crowd noise these days ? Fake crowd noise on Sky 401 or No crowd on Sky 402.

        I didn’t like the fake crowd to start off with but have kind of got used to it as all the matches on the radio have it plus on MOTD.

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

          definitely fake crowd. No crowd is so flat and boring

        2. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          With crowd noise.

        3. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 6 days ago

          no crowd for me

        4. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          I mute the games and play music usually.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 6 days ago

            This

        5. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          No crowd on Sky 402.

          I bet the same people that like the fake crowd noise have a blow up doll as their girlfriends.

        6. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Fake crowd, been using it for years watching City at Etihad.

        7. LSK
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          I would say with crowd noise, but after reading your question I realised I was on the other channel and hadn’t noticed so it obviously doesn’t bother me that much either way

          1. Patio Kev
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Ha Ha - me too hence my question. All the build up was on 402 which then turned into the no crowd channel.

        8. Skonto Rigga
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Fake (plastic) crowd. Five-a-side at the leisure centre vibe without it.

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Bruno, get some!

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Send Bruno off please, he's still due from that disgraceful Everton game

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Greenwood miss

      • Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Oof. Greenwood almost

      • _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        gw misses an open goal, tight angle.

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Vestergaard is so slow

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

        Greenwood bad miss

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 6 days ago

        The rest of the team should follow GW's example

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        GW miss open net

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

        Greenwood wasting brilliant Telles assist

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

          Lovely build up with Maguire and Donny, and what a pass...

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Pen check for united

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        United pen yet?