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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. dando89
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Trashford

    1. KAALI_DAAL
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Take him out. Standard.

    2. sambyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Rashford... Yeah I didn't even need that goal haha 3.7M is a good rank.

      1. sambyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Offside anyway

    3. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Rashford is terrible at 1 v 1’s

      1. dogtanion
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Incredible how he seems to find the keeper's chest in the centre of the goal with nearly every 6 yard one on one attempt ..why not pass it in low ?

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Trashlord tunnel vision...

    5. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      McCarthy has come on leaps and bounds this season.

      Always been a good shot stopper but horrifically inconsistent. Still got the odd error in him but really impressive the improvement

    6. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 29 days ago

      United exposing that high line 😛

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 29 days ago

        *exploiting is a better word here

    7. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I could see Rashfraud was offside from the TV is the lino blind

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Well off

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Probs had McCarthy in his team and wanted to give him some more saves

        2. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yes...

    8. ivantys
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Offside anyway, but Mccarthy got a save lol

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Disgraceful 😆

          1. ivantys
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Ikr, should have just blown for offside after that chance but yet let the play go on, which would have then wasted time to check again had United score after.

        2. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          That was really painful as Rashford owner

          1. JBG
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Not a good 1 v 1 finisher.

        3. Naby K8a
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Rashford’s made a school dinner out of that

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Brilliant

          2. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            😀

          3. Vazza
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Haha!!!!

            • La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Hahaha

            • Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              😆 Genius tbh

          4. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Henderson better than DDG anyway

          5. Right In The Stanchion
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Rashford although very likeable is heading to be another Walcott.

              Finishing let’s him down time and time again.

              1. Konstaapeli
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Finishing is actually one of Theos strenghts. Lack of footballing brain is what held him back.

            • Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Rashford finishing worse than his diving

            • Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I just dont get it why Ole didn't start WITH Hendo and Cavani? Clear better options

            • ivantys
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Love how ppl making a big deal out of that miss when it was offside

                1. dogtanion
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Because he tried his best to score

                  1. ivantys
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Won't have even gotten the goal so it was an irrelevant chance, only thing different was Mccarthy got a save.

                  2. sunzip14
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    McCarthy save point

                2. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Which assist Rashford missed?

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Fernandes 😆

                  2. _Ninja_
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Bruno but I was offside anyway

                  3. Arctic monkeys
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    No one's. He was offside

                3. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  With Hendo at goal United defenders are becoming a serious option now

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    De Gea has been very good this season tbf

                4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Crapvani over

                5. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Van de half baked, ffs take a shot!

                  1. Vazza
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Haha!!!

                  2. La Roja
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Trashfordinho

                  3. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Cavani should have left it for Rashford who was in a way better position

                    1. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      You can understand why he may not have wanted him to fluff another chance.

                    2. el polako
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      After Rashford selfishness there is no love lost between two.

                  4. el polako
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Djenepo what an idiot.

                  5. Top Lad Dakes.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Bruno out for KDB then

                    1. Super Saints
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      He won't play us every week, best team in the league

                  6. Weeb Kakashi
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Damn. FT already used.
                    If More players are found positive then the Villa Newcastle game could not happen

                    1. JBG
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Pretty sure Newcastle only need 18 healthy players to be able to play.

                  7. KAALI_DAAL
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Johnstone vs Mccarthy was the dilemma for me this GW lmao

                    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      One of the worst corners from bruno

                    • Flair
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      VdB score please

                    • Top Lad Dakes.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Bruno’s blanking here isn’t he

                      1. Flair
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        90th minute pens always a scenario

                      2. how now brown cow
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Um...

                      3. LSK
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Nope

                        1. LSK
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Nice reverse jinx though

                      4. Patio Kev
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Wonderful timing

                    • how now brown cow
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Bruno goal

                    • Patio Kev
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Get in Bruno !!!!!