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

    We want more big Bruno

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

    Thoughts on these?

    Grealish & Werner > Fernandes & Wilson? (Or too sideways)

  3. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Comeback is on... have a seat

  4. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Phew, disaster GW rescued a little bit as I capped Bruno and didn't have KDB!

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

    What a ball from Cavani, such a class player

  6. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Bruno still not to late to buy or wait till gw13 after the City game?

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Highest FPL scorer since he came to Utd.
      No reason that will stop

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

      Wait

  7. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Going Rashford over Bruno 3 weeks back was such a bad Choice. Easy 30 points loss.

  8. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Still a pen to come 😉

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

    need 2 more pens

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

    Bruno->KDB transfers off the menu

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Think I will do it anyways, not owning KDB or any Man City next week will be scary for me

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I genuinely wouldn't get rid of Bruno for KdB.

        Am not convinced City will be putting many other teams to the sword either. Burnley were poor yesterday. City looked woeful against Spurs last weekend. Some flat track bullying possibly going on.

    2. Olson
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Watched dozens of those posts and just can't understand what's wrong with people

  11. Ha.
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Ziyech, Grealish, Ryan

    >

    KDB, JWP, Steer

    (-4)

    Y/N

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

    Bruno hasn’t even finished yet. Mandatory pen hasn’t been given.

  13. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Greenwood on course to be another great English wasted talent, he needs to quickly realise that without hard hard work he will never make it at the top.

  14. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Why do I have a further red arrow after Bruno goal? Do really so many people own the likes of JWP and Bednarek?

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

      Did you captain him?

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        No but hes under 100% EO

  15. winchester
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Bruno+Kane or DCL -> KDB+Wilson or Ings or other? (for -4, have 1ft..)
      Is this pure madness, or what ya lads think? kinda really want the kdb..
      Have bruno*, salah, son, grealish, bissouma, watkins, kane(*), dcl(*) in the offense atm..

      cheers in advance

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

      united pen incoming

    • Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Probably a daft question; but thoughts?

      Grealish & Werner > Fernandes & Wilson? (Or too sideways)

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

        Twice on same page. Wow.

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

          First one didn’t post, however.. looks like it now has hahaha my bad!

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

            I don’t mind the moves and would certainly be looking for a way to get Bruno.

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

      FPL aside, I will love it if a team with Theo Walcott up front beats Man United

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Bad news @Drizz, Bruno has scored

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      McCarthy probably get a save for that 😆

    • Mac90
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      If Newcastle has a lot of players down due to covid, will they still play Villa next?

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        They need 18 healthy players, if I'm not mistaken.

    • seanie3
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      one more please bruno.. game to end 2-2 please

    • how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Thought I was in for a shocker this week but going ok.

      Funny how you can never tell.

    • Niho992
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Djenepo is stupid AF

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Cavani changed the game. Increased workrate, creativity and does his defensive duty.

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

        Good to get some young blood on.

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

        Funny considering how everyone claimed he came to United just to claim his wages. Meanwhile the up and coming talent has the work rate of a 40 year old has been playing in China

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

          Yes. Greenwood not covering himself in glory.

      3. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        And Bertrand not tracking him helped and letting Bruno take a touch, turn and shoot from 5 yards out doesn't help

    • Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Selling JRod instead of Bruno for KDB success!

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

        That's a no-brainer though

        1. Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I mean I did it for this week. So many people were dropping Bruno

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

            Mad to drop Bruno for an away game

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

            I agree. Dropping an in-form Bruno wasn't sensible.

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

        Even without hindsight, that was always the right choice

    • Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Bruno assist or goal about to come

      1. Mighty Wings
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Don't jinx it

        1. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Dude I said this!

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

      Need another goal to secure BAPs Bruno

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

      scene

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Cavani better with his head