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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. F4L
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    That's a Bruno assist for sure

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

      i think not

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

        Flashscore says it is

      2. F4L
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        the ball barely changed direction.

    2. just a man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Took deflection. What’s the rule?

  2. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    When is FPL adding the bruno assist? Asking for a mate....

  3. Free Hat
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Thats what I said.
    Happy with the Salah to Bruno transfer last gw.

    Salah is great, but as long as Bruno delivers...

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

      Yep. Salah > Bruno last week is a 15+ point difference. Great move

      1. Free Hat
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Even more for me.
        Bruno C last week. Otherwise it would have been Grealish 1 pointer if held Salah.

  4. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    I got KDB(C) Bruno(vc) the wrong way around...

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      KdB could easily have hauled

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yeah, that shot off the post at the end had me half out of my seat...

    2. Party time
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Same but it is beautiful to have points in the bag buddy. Take it & run awaaaaayyyyyyyyyy

  5. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Bruno assist not given

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

      Should be...

  6. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Is that an assist by the rules? A deflected shot? That doesn't change direction

  7. puhd
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Greenwood starts but is then subbed at half time! What’s going on with him this season?

  8. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Bruno get that assist?

    1. as33
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      No

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

      Not yet

  9. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    No assist given it seems

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

      will be added for sure

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

    Surely that will be given as a Bruno assist? Looked very much the intended area

  11. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Well done to Bruno captainers !

    Hoping vardy can match him tomorrow but will be tough. Would be happy with one goal 🙂

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Why would it be tough

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

      He’d best be getting us more than a goal, it’s Fulham!

  12. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    going Ziyech instead of Bruno last GW was such a bad mistake...

    1. seanie3
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      not if ziyech has a masterclass today.

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

    Give that assist you spuds

  14. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Bruno assist not added yet?

  15. JOELIO8701
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Surely Bruno gets that assist? What’s going on?

  16. Avo24
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    cavani really a game changer. If he start in next 2 games, will consider to bring him in

    1. JOELIO8701
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I agree. Great price too

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

      Just thinking he could be a nice replacement for DCL after the City game

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

    I don't want it to be but I am watching and that's 100% a Bruno assist

  18. NULL-X-VOID
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    FPL Twitter handle has posted its Bruno assist, they'll update it

    1. TyroneGAA
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Thank god

  19. sozopol
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Bruno non captainer, rank in top 100k,not sure how to feel.

    1. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Good obvioualy hes no where near 100% effective ownership

    2. Meinhoff
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Lol he's around 60% EO people are crazy

  20. Traction Engine Foot
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Can't understand why Cavani doesn't start

    1. seanie3
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      should do... martial and pogba should be moved on..

  21. lilmessipran
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Is that a Bruno assist for second goal?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Goal - CAVANI
      Assist - FERNANDES

      Southampton 2-2 Man Utd (74 mins)

      #FPL #SOUMUN

  22. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    nothing for bruno

  23. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Kane, Son, Reguilon and Chilwell. Goals goals goals please

  24. KAALI_DAAL
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Only have Ben in Chelsea vs Spurs. Should I be afraid?

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Fantasy Premier League
      @OfficialFPL
      ·
      2m
      Goal - CAVANI
      Assist - FERNANDES

      Southampton 2-2 Man Utd (74 mins)

      #FPL #SOUMUN

      Hopefully it gets added soon.

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

        I really hope so

      2. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I for one really need it.

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Might be considered a significant deflection so not given

      1. F4L
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        it's been given

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Ok won’t complain!

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

        Ball didn't change direction, just trajectory. Think it will be given

    • Z
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      This must be count as assist!

    • Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      That should mean no Bonus for Bruno

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

      Been a whole lot more enjoyment in this Second half than the First half.

    • Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Was there a deflection on the Bruno assist?

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yes, a minor one