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

    United hanging on for dear life

  2. Labile
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Maguire is terrible the fact he’s captain makes me sick

    Not even better then Vestergard

    1. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      The whole team is terrible tbh

    2. JJO
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Not nice coming from you Tony

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        He's ill

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 6 days ago

    whole team has blanked except kdb so far lol

    1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Mate my whole team has blanked period. And that’s gonna be a max of 10 players too.

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

    Hopefully OGS won't ever play this formation and tactic ever again. 3rd time or something like that it doesn't work.

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

      De Gea
      AWB Lindelof Maguire Telles
      Matic Fernandes McTominay
      Cavani Martial Rashford

      Henderson
      Williams Bailly Tuanzebe Shaw
      James Fred VDB Pogba Mata
      Greenwood

  5. No Professionals
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Greenwood’s work rate is a joke

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

      Agreed. A pathetic player. Will never make it.

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Bollocks

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

          Players with low work rate will never make it at the very top in the modern game.

        2. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          He’ll need to improve his work rate , not much room for pure finishers nowadays

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

      It's Rashford. He's not fit you can tell. He's barely moving.

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Pretty sure he has pressed more and ran more than Rashford.

    3. Railwayman
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      I still can't believe when the scouts thought he was worth the price tag for this season...

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

    JWP masterclass

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

    Ole will go back to matic, Fred and mctominay in midfield after this

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

    The best part is Ole will never do badly enough to get sacked.

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      They’re 14th. I think he’s dangerously close to finding out what badly enough is.

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      lol he will get sacked, ManU and their fans arent happy with these results. Doubt they get close to top 4 this season, has to be his last season.
      The problems are bigger than Ole tho, their recruitment has been shocking for a long time. Paying over the odds for the wrong players, jamming square pegs into round holes. Bruno and VDB are the only good signings they made in the last 4/5 years or something

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

    SOU are doing that high line again.

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

    Rashford dive

  11. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Pathetic dive

  12. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Southampton play with a high line. This is bad. Source: every fantasy football podcast

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

      Echo chamber.

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

      Yeah. It’s as if they don’t know a manager can change their tactics

      Football geniuses

    3. ivantys
        3 months, 6 days ago

        3 CS in last 3 home games with that "high line"

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

        The best part is they and their followers are all "pros".

        Everyone else is a "casual". 🙂

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

      Apart from Fernandes, who was the last properly GOOD player United bought?

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Telles

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Zlatan

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

            Hard to disagree with that, if only a short-term solution.

      2. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Rvp

      3. NULL-X-VOID
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        there were many, but the issue all the good signings couldn't be consistent with Utd, every one had a good first season and then they just fizzled out.

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Also this.

      4. Vazza
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Djemba Djemba

        • Sco
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Bebe

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

          Ronaldo

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

          AWB looked decent when he arrived initially but has regressed imo.

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

            That's the natural progression for Manchester United signing.

            You have to wonder if it is because of bad recruitment, or bad management.

            Bruno may have to move on before it happens to him 😆

            1. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Bad recruitment and management imo, firstly they paid way too much for him. Secondly AWBs strength lies in defending not attacking, yet he is expected to be whipping balls into the box all the time when that is not his strength at all.

        • Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Anderson

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

          Never ceases to amaze me how bad Alexis Sanchez became the moment he joined United.

      5. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        If u want to be a role model for children start by not being a cheat

        1. NULL-X-VOID
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          wow

        2. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Yes why should he help people if he doesn't meet ur footballing standards. U should run the country for sure

        3. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Pathetic comment honestly

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

            Very pathetic.

      6. Canarinha
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Why is Cavani benched? he is the best CF they have. Greenwood, Rash and Martial should compete for the wings.

        Ole is a proper moron

      7. djoker_nole
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Great Dive by Rashford

        • ivantys
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Diveford, he probably has Bruno in his fpl team

          • Old Bull
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Every time Ole out is called, Utd get a good result in the next game. Must be agony for Utd fans.

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Can’t stand him

              1. Old Bull
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                He got the gig due to his reputation as a player not manager

          • Vazza
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Feel sorry for Ole who is clearly out of his depth

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

              Incredible dive

            • Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              GET OLE OUT. BUM OF A MANAGER

              1. Royal5
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                The united way. Always blame the manager.

                1. Make United Great Again
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Yeah because he’s good enough isn’t he

                  *sigh*

                  1. Royal5
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Moyes, Van Gaal and Mourinho was not good enough either right?

                    1. Royal5
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      And Poch wasn't good enough for Spurs. Who do want?

                    2. how now brown cow
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      In fairness ole is probably the 4th best in that list.

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

                He's not good enough but he isn't the ONLY problem.

                Players like Rash, Martial, Pogba, Maguire treat United as a retirement home. None of them show passion like players from other clubs show for theirs. We need to change the culture of the club, managers and players will fall in line.

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

              Seriously considering...

              Son - Kane - Grealish ▶️ KDB - Vardy - JWP now for a hit...hmmm. Would you?

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

                You need to wait until they've all played

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

                  I will. Just working out how to get KDB in

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

                Just the first two. Would not get rid of Grealish.

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

                  Bad pick until Barkley is back

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

                  Can’t afford first two without jack out unfortunately

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

                Why low on Grealish?

                1. Royal5
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  No barkley is a big difference tbh

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

                  Don’t think villa are firing and Barkley out affects Grealish appeal right now. But still got good fixtures so it’s a gamble...?!

              4. Yankee Toffee
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Nooooooooooooooooooo

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

                  I take it that’s a “maybe” then? 😉

              5. djoker_nole
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  I did Martial,Jorginho,Reed,Jimmy to Jota,Mahrez,Watkins and Brewster! Your move sounds better

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

                    Thanks mate. Appreciate it! And yours are good moves too, they will pay you back! GL

                • Royal5
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Crazy imo. Son looks like a season keeper.

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

                    Yeah. Would like to keep tbf. Just trying to find the cash cow for KDB!

                    1. Royal5
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      I know. I'm considering selling Kane or Grealish. Bit worried KDB could be benched vs Fulham though.

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

                        I doubt he will be benched. Will get a rest in cl and be raring to go I reckon!

                        1. Royal5
                          • 9 Years
                          3 months, 6 days ago

                          Good ponit

                • THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Feels a week too late

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

                    Always does! But trying to play to form as well as fixtures and all are performing who I would bring in...!

              6. DA Minnion
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                United are dross.

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

                Ralph is a genuine legend. Incredible scenes

              8. Dele
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Bruno > Mahrez?

                1. Royal5
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  And watch Mahrez being benched vs Fulham

                2. THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Sterling for me

              9. Canarinha
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Fernandes deserves a better team...shite team with a shite coach

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

                Fernandes will be transferred out by the bucketloads for KDB now that Ole's job isn't in danger

                1. JammySprat
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  He's been in danger all season because he's out of his league

              11. Stupendous
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                JWP and Southampton have to be considered now right surely????

                I'm missing out!

                Is this bubble going to burst???

                1. JammySprat
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Ings should be back next GW, get him

              12. ZeBestee
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                How's Armstrong doing? Did not watch the first half.

              13. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                OGS last moments = Wenger last moments
                Coach is called out, performs in next game, survives and then receives a thrashing. People do not learn from history.

                1. JammySprat
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Slightly different, wenger achieved things