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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. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    who assisted Bruno?

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

      Cab

      1. KAALI_DAAL
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Uber

      2. Im New Here
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Cavani

        • JBG
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Cavani

        • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Cavani

        • Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Cavani

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

          Cavani

        • No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Cavani

        • La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Cavani

        • Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          FANTASY OWNERS

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

        Points for everyone.

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

          Only 65% EO overall

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

        Bertrand's fault, what was he doing, looks absolutely nakered!

        Bruno is quality though, plays as a striker

      5. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Bruno is just so so good, brilliant player!

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          First name on my wildcard 3 weeks ago. Season keeper for me too.

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

        Not sure how I feel about that as a Bruno and McCarthy owner. Happy I guess!

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          I have them both but, honestly, I'm just happy for points however they come right now.

      7. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Penandes strikes again lol

      8. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        33 year old shows greenwood how to run around

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

          People were very critical of Cavani when he joined Utd, saying it was retirement package for him etc. But he has always been a hard working player from what I've seen and players like Martial, Greenwood and Rashford could learn a thing or two from him.

        2. DycheDycheBaby
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Cavani underated just because he played in the farmers league. He has always been a very good player.

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

        Bruno still lucky?

      10. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Sold Bruno for Salah...
        I knew I was asking for trouble but just had a gut feeling and looks like it might be a massive fail

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Salah could easily have had a mega haul. Always a risk removing in form players though

        2. HashAttack
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Sold Salah for Bruno

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

        Bruno (C) with KWP on the bench 😀

      12. Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        get lost fernandes

      13. dogtanion
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Such a calm and composed finish

      14. RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Phew Bruno captain not fail...Hopefully 1bap too

      15. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Yuhuuuu

      16. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Brunooooooo!

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

        Imagine not owning the Portuguese Christiano Ronaldo

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Imagine

        2. LickymyUmtitis69
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Imagine your mum

        3. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Sold Bruno last night for KdB. Eeeek.

          1. KAALI_DAAL
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Breakeven

          2. Vazza
              3 months, 3 days ago

              KING BRUNO!!!

            • Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Thanks Bruno!!!!
              Please one more now!

            • KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Just when people were contemplating selling Bruno to a City mid he comes up trumps yet again!

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

                He’s making life hard haha

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

                  Yes, I like it. Differentiated teams

              2. Im New Here
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Why not have both 🙂

                  1. Twisted Saltergater
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    Salah and Kane say hi

              3. Costa Nostra
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                The best part about that Bruno goal as a captainer is that we still have a penalty coming for him to make!

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

                Exactly what I didn't need as a Rashford+McCarthy owner, but predicted it to happen about 5 mins ago 🙁

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

                And that’s the end of all the talk about selling Bruno for today 🙂

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

                  Que the Salah to Bruno questions

              6. HuttonDressedasLahm
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Yes Bruno!
                Not that highly owned anymore too

                1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Well, 37%

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

                Ah well away day Bruno is inevitable

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

                united should be ahead 3-2

              9. Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                BrUnO dOeSnT sCoRe FrOm OpEn PlaY

                BrUnO oNlY sCoReS pEnS

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

                  Look at his record, it's unbelievable

                2. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  No OnE EvEn SaYs ThAt

                3. GAMBIT
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  To be fair, he was basically on the penalty spot

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

                KWP clean sheet gone immediately
                Bruno goal added

              11. fedolefan
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Job done Bruno. Come on Che, get your assist now!!

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

                Imagine not captaining Bruno away from home