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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. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Saints pretty dominant, but Greenwood or Fernades really should have score to make it 1-1.

    Couple of half penalty shouts so we know united will get a penalty around 55-60 mins.

    Standing by my pre match forecast of 3-3

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      JWP and Romeu on YCs is an issue

      1. ivantys
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Romeu isn't on yellow

          1. just a man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Yeah the challenge was borderline red but the ref just gave fk.

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

      Roy Keane will be good about it.....

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

      Fernandes half time sub incoming after going off at Ole's cluelessness again?

    4. F4L
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Ings back next week, Southampton looking great. Could be a good DCL replacement.

      1. Plant Based Footballer
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        This. Or Wilson (look at fixtures... if he hauls we'll be sickened).

        1. F4L
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          He's doing great, but he's still a Newcastle attacker; hard to see him keeping up the scoring rate.

          1. Plant Based Footballer
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            He's been doing it so far with the way they play. After next week, for me at least, I'll have 2 fts with Mitchell, Podence and DCL on the chopping block. Wilson will be in my budget more than Ings, although sure I'd rather have Ings even for 1.7 more I guess.

    5. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      A diamond against Soton is absolutely daft. I've given up hope with Ole

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        LOL. You were saying Utd would win this easily before the game.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 days ago

          It's just my luck

      2. Poison Apple
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Pretty sure i read a couple of pages ago someone was saying about 5 yrs on something

    6. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Bruno capper feeling foolish here.

      1. Nice to Finally Michu
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        He looks terrifying as a nonowner

      2. Poison Apple
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Well.. i m not too comfy as a non-owner. Not sure abt the others

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

      Predictions for second half?

      1. F4L
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        If Cavani is brought on at HT, 2-2.

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

        Man Utd will come back but still lose 3-2.

      3. Yankee Toffee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        2-2

      4. ivantys
          3 months, 8 days ago

          4-0

        • Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          3-2 SOT to win

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

          stays 2 nil. no chance untied scored

        • Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 days ago

          United come back and draw.

        • just a man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Utd have penetrated multiple times but just been poor finishing. So massively depends on Utd finishing their 2nd half chances. Wouldn’t put it past them

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

        When you hope for United to score just one goal, it doesn't have to be your own player, just to prevent McC CS and stop the free fall of around 400k places.

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

          Although I won't get it this week, that's why I've gone begging back to McCarthy for next GW.

      6. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Brought Bruno in for a hit :clown:

      7. Yankee Toffee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Don’t worry, with some good signings in January, United should stay up.

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

          Another 200M and they may just scrape midtable.

          1. Yankee Toffee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Ah, mid table obscurity.... big dreams

      8. JBG
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Should be noted though... 2 set piece goals. Not like South have been Barcelona 08' going forward. Utd just been bad going forward with this horrible tactic and South been staying deep and defending decently.

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

          With JWP on set pieces you may as well call them penalties

          1. JBG
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            That was a very accurate FK yes.

      9. Plant Based Footballer
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I thought Man U looked pretty good. The set piece defending was bad. The finishing was blah. The passing was off. And I'm losing my original train of thought but I think they'll still score 3. Greenwood and Fernandes each had easy goals... of course they missed in the end but they created the opportunities.

      10. Union_Jacks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I was thinking of doing Son, JRod, Pereira > KDB, Jota, Romeu -4 now thinking of just doing:

        Bruno, James > KDB, Jota for free.

        What do we reckon?

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Bet you'll change your mind back in another 45 mins

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

            Ha, possibly. But losing Son is a bit daunting also...

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

          Definitely!

      11. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Best thing that happened to Southampton was that Spurs thrashing. Happened early enough for Ralph to learn his lesson.

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

          Has he adjusted the high line and the pressing improved? Seems like that match was just growing pains, what a team.

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Romeu has improved since the opening games which has made a big difference.

      12. Right In The Stanchion
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Telles and Hamez > Dias and Mahrez -4

          United defence can’t be trusted

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

            Neither can Pep be...!

        • Vazza
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Jamie Carragher: “Amazing free kick by JWP”

            Roy Keane: “That’s his job!”

            🙂 🙂

            1. Balls of Steel
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              🙂 🙂 🙂 good old Roy

          • HODGE
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            No pen no points for Fernandez

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

              45 left, in Southampton we trust

          • Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Bruno (-2) baps. Crazy.

          • _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Hendo coming on

            1. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              warming up just now.

            2. Balls of Steel
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Think he needs to grab this opportunity with both hands now and show that he should be number 1 at United.

          • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            What a joke

          • It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            When is Bruno mandatory penalty?

          • Matsy123
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            I had a dream bednarek scored against united this is too weird I never even backed it I was more confused as to how jan bednarek was in my dreams wtf

          • seanie3
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            wow, so maybe getting rid of McCarthy on GW5 wc for martinez wasn't the play, mccarthy and southampton really tighten up at the back, Bruno do something please to justify me moving salah out for you..

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

              Martinez at least has good fixtures now, and a DGW on the eventual horizon.

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

            England's true #1 coming on

          • Patio Kev
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            JWP is going to end up as Matt Le Tissier mark 2 isn’t he ?

            Wonderful player but ultimately spends his whole career at a tinpot club with nothing to show at the end of it. Such a waste.

            1. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Not mobile enough for the top teams.

              1. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Le Tissier was a player you could build a team around. You could put up with his lack of workrate or pace because he was creative enough and you could put players in to do his running for him.

                JWP not in that class.

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

              I think you're not giving Le Tissier enough credit for how good he was.

              JWP has a worse penalty ration from 9 than Le Tissier had from 48 😆

            3. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              More like David Bentley Mark 2

          • Yankee Toffee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Hamez> JWP frees up funds but Hamez quite unlucky not to be in the points...

          • ivantys
              3 months, 8 days ago

              St Marys slowly becoming fortress

            • D ✅
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Unable to watch the game so very worried on how is Bruno doing? ML rival has Bruno C while i have Vardy C

              Any chance Vardy will get more pts?

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                I think United will get goals second half, just a question of how many.

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

                I'm convinced you're a troll

              3. TimoTime
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Seeing as Bruno has blanked so far, yes, very likely Vardy outscores him

                1. D ✅
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Cheers Timo

            • Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Cant believe the jam of McCarthy owners

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

                Pope 2.0 for some

              2. Patio Kev
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                United cannot be that bad again in the Second half.

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

                Southampton are third best for minutes per xG conceded all season.

            • Patio Kev
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Dean Henderson coming on, long overdue he got a chance.