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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. JBG
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Cavani and Henderson on for Greenwood and DDG

  2. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Finally Hendo!!
    Cavani for GW too

  3. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Henderson taking over.

    1. janowsc
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Oh damn

  4. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Vardy captainers are the real winners.

    1. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Hopefully

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I certainly hope so...

    3. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Hardly... He is my C but if Bruno and Rashford get total 4 pts, he has too much to do.

    4. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Did KDB (c) fail or am i missing something?

  5. Vazza
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Just watched Roy Keane’s rant on YouTube “I’m sick to death of this goalkeeper”. It’s too good. Haha!!

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Classic from Keane.

    • Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      This is the moment to hate transfer useless Bruno and Rashford out!!!

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Fernandes -> KDB transfers everywhere

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Already done last night

          1. KAALI_DAAL
              2 months, 28 days ago

              You did that cause you afraid of Lindelof

              1. Lindelol
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                *lindelaugh

          2. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Yes, but I have also Rashford and does Salah play midweek...

      2. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Come on Bruno do something

      3. KAALI_DAAL
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Someone get a penalty quick pls

        • DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          This mass COVID infection at Newcastle is bad news. 5 unnamed players tested positive with more expected within the next 48 hours

          1. KAALI_DAAL
              2 months, 28 days ago

              You mean FPL wise?

              1. Patio Kev
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Bad news for the football club and all it’s many staff and families if there is mass infection.

                FPL becomes irrelevant.

            • Patio Kev
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Nightmare scenario, can’t see them being able to play any games for a few weeks if things get any worse.

            • Weeb Kakashi
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Damn. I got in Wilson yesterday

          2. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 28 days ago

            A real shame JWP wasn't 5.5. Many of us would have gotten him preseason

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Correctly priced considering set pieces (incl. penalties)

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 28 days ago

                That's why it's a shame.

            2. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              You would have sold him within GW4 anyway and missed all his hauls

              1. camarozz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Correct!

            3. camarozz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              I did get him. Had him for 4gws till WC. Loads of 1s in that time.

          3. KAALI_DAAL
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Bruno cappers crying yet?

              1. Lindelol
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Not yet

            • Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Let's hope Hendo keeps his spot. Quality keeper.

              1. KAALI_DAAL
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Do you know how much DDG gets paid?

                  1. Bobby Digital
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Too much?

              2. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Fernandes price drop before GW 13 would be nice. Want to swap out Vardy for him when they play SHU

                1. Homer21
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Wait

              3. sunzip14
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                As a Rashford and McCarthy owner, I expect Bruno to score in the second half 😛

              4. HODGE
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Man U losing mega lol

              5. Hybrid.power
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Should've played Vestegaard I guess

              6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Hendo a save magnet

                1. KAALI_DAAL
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Just transferred him in quickly to get a possible second half clean sheet and some save points.

                2. Stoic
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  DDG dropped or injured?

                  1. Bobby Digital
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Injury

                  2. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Injured.

                  3. camarozz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Useless

                  4. Vazza
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Both.

                      In Roy Keane’s words “I’m sick to death of this goalkeeper”

                    • Patio Kev
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Injured with a case of severe embarrassment.

                  5. DAZZ
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Is Ings back next week? Eyeing up Bruno Vardy > Salah Ings

                    1. Kun, Ayew Nigerian?
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Fickle

                  6. Ógie
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Is it possible that Newcastle's game against Villa could be postponed considering how many of their squad have been infected with the virus?

                    1. Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      No, they have to field youth players if they can.

                      1. Ógie
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        At what point does this not become an option?

                        Like if it spreads around the backroom staff and team training has to be stopped then surely an accommodation will have to be made?

                        1. Brosstan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          Im pretty sure it was decided before the season that games wont be postponed. At worst for Newcastle they will lose by default if they cant field 11 players.

                          Disclaimer Im not 100% sure about this but I think that was the talk before season started.

                          1. Patio Kev
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            There have already been a number of games postponed in the SPL this season due to Covid. They were postponed not forfeited.

                          2. Ógie
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            That sounds harsh on any team that has bad luck like that.

                      2. Patio Kev
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        If they have a serious outbreak of Covid amongst their staff and families (playing or non playing) then there is zero chance of the game going ahead. Football becomes meaningless.

                    2. Patio Kev
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Yes absolutely if it isn’t safe to play. Football becomes secondary.

                  7. Make United Great Again
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Hey guys how comes Southampton are capable of attacking fluidity without any top class players ?

                    1. diesel001
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      They play as a team and each player knows their job both offensively and defensively. Ralph doesn't give each player new things to do every GW.

                      1. how now brown cow
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Are United players that much better in all honesty?

                        Top class doesnt always mean overpriced and overpaid

                    2. Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Because unlike United they have a competent manager. Same thing with Leeds and even Brighton

                  8. Forza Papac
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Southampton are a good team. Better than Leeds and Everton but they're not managed by a supposed Latin football genius and play 4-4-2 so they'll never get the credit. High Line.

                    1. Nightcrawler
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Alll i hear is how good soton are every time they play so not sure theyre really underrated

                  9. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    KWP cleanie would make me so happy today

                  10. _Ninja_
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Rashford misses 1 on 1.

                    1. ivantys
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Guess would have been offside too

                    2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      I don't get why Greenwood was subbed off instead of Rashford. Rashford looks like he is still injured

                      1. Flair
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Ole will play Rashford to the death

                    3. Flair
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Klopp, SAF and Pep all got time. We should give Ole plenty of time too, 10 years and 600M should do

                    4. el polako
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Rahsford butchered Bruno's assist.

                      1. Baps hunter
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        I have both. Story of thr day.

                        1. el polako
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          Ouch...

                    5. JBG
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      You selfish pri.. Rashford.

                    6. Bobby Digital
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      McCarthy save point

                    7. Make United Great Again
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Rashford is a terrible finisher