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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. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    BRUNOOOOOPL GOALLLLL

  2. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Bruno G

  3. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Brunooooo

  4. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Fernandes G
    Cavani A

  5. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Bruno goal

  6. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Anyone else think FPL should make it free to transfer out anyone who’s got COVID this season?

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      No way

      Getting covid is just as random as any injury

    2. TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Nope, would give those people an unfair advantage to get whatever in form player they like

    3. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      no

    4. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Not at all, some of us have already factored in a decent bench to cover such eventualities.

  7. UKG
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Bruno goal

  8. Arctic monkeys
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Bruno you beauuuuty

  9. Daniel - WC Active
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Brunooooo juhuuuuuu il capitano

    1. Granville
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Nice

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Cheers Granville

  10. Right In The Stanchion
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Brunoooooo

    • Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Get Mata on for Bruno

      1. UKG
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Timing

    • Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Plans to ship Bruno shelved...temporarily

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        This, Mahrez for Zaha now for me

    • Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Brunooooooym you beauty get iiiin

    • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Bruno. You hero.

      The reverse jinx worked!!

      1. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Can you do the same with Rashford please ??

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

      Damn.

      At least I have fernades

    • Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      We want more, we want more

    • JBG
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Yes!

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Should never change goalkeepers on WC ffs. Didn't do it with Pope, no idea why I did it with McCarthy

    • GGMU
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      BRUNO!!

    • KAALI_DAAL
        3 months, 9 days ago

        God damn Bruno off you go doubters!!!!

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        YESSSSSSSSSS BRUNOOO CAPTAINOOOOO GETTT INNNN

      • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Makes it harder to ship for KDB...

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

        BBRUNOGOLAZO

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Cancels Bruno to KDB move 🙂

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          😀

        2. Arctic monkeys
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Son to Mahrez until Son scores again

        3. LickymyUmtitis69
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Bruno just Dirty Sanchez-ed on those who sold him!

        4. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          BRUNOOOOOOOOOOOO (C)

        5. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Bruno, most goal involvement in the PL since he joined.

        6. Silent Friend
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          never in doubt

        7. Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Come on Rashford your turn as well, I gave you the chance instead going directly with KDB

        8. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 9 days ago

          get innnn, now another bruno - going to have to do it yourself

        9. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Capitan Brunooooo