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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. United 99 4Ever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    BRUNO!!!

  2. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    BRUNOOOOOO (C) LETS GOOO

  3. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    YESSSSSS BRUNOOOO CAPATINO

    KDBB WHOOO???

  4. The Neville Wears Prada
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Bruno’s gonna haul again isnt he?

  5. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Chelsea as expected. Havertz and Pulisic on bench

  6. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    How United keeps getting away with this?

    1. just a man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Better team for majority of game. Many many chances. Finally taking some of them.

  7. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Ziyech Son Kane all playing and ready to haul (hopefully), and another Bruno return? Get in!

  8. Meinhoff
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Cavani is still a world class striker wow

  9. Africa United
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Who's more dodjy Salah or Fernandez ? 😀

  10. Olson
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Was ridiculed for saying Bruno had a Salah season in him in GW2

    essential?

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Only the clueless would have ridiculed you, but there are many of them so Im not surprised!

      Yes hes essential!

  11. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 24 days ago

    bruno going to get the winner here and walk away with a mega haul

  12. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Was that shot on target?

    1. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      No. No assist

  13. United 99 4Ever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    need a bruno pen for united to win this

  14. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Based Cavani, thats a real striker goal

  15. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Cavani making a good case to be in the starting 11 from now on.

    Could be a steal at £8.0m if he gets going.

    1. Granville
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      He should've been starting anyway. He does need to stay in the box though, his passing is all over the place.

      1. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        True

  16. Silent Friend
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    McCarthy could be dropped next game, stupid error

  17. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Bruno game winning please!!!

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      *goal

  18. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Good game this

  19. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Bruno assist Rashford goal upcoming

  20. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Thank god he keeps getting these pens for his points

  21. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Bruno assist not given lol

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Patience

  22. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Cavani an excellent pickup for United. Should start more games, that man still has juice in his legs.

    1. seanie3
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      yes he should be their starting striker with martial on bench with rashford out wide, his game and strength perfectly suited for the PL

  23. Utopsis
      1 month, 24 days ago

      BRUNOOOOOOOOO

    • Vazza
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I wished I had captained Bruno not Vardy this week

        1. The Reptile
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          How is it not a Bruno assist.?

      • Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Don't think FPL have given as Bruno assist yet ...

      • Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        FFS Southampton, how do we throw away so many points from winning positions!!!!!!!

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          They only have one way of playing, but it’s entertaining!

        2. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          You were saying earlier?

      • Hazardous1983
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Nooo bruno assist ????

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          FPL twitter have given it to him.. we shall see what happens.

        2. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Shot off target possibly

      • Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Eat that KDB and Salah captainers 😉 ?

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Why no assist for Bruno?

      • RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Cavani not bad for a free transfer. Made more impact than other freeloader Sanchez did in a year