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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. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    How the hell is that not an assist?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      It is an assist.

    2. just a man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Given now

    3. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Calm

  2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    They’ve tweeted Cavani G, Bruno A - but no yet added the points

  3. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Why's that not an assist for Bruno?

    1. Sloane426
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Added

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Shame

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      It obviously is. Chill. You must have seen this a million times before.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I'm perfectly fine lmao, don't even have him.

    3. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Brunooooooo

  4. fusen
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    FPL often are slow giving the assist for goals this season. They seem to make an effort to really check it before adding

  5. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Assist given

  6. TyroneGAA
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    It’s been added

  7. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Assist added

  8. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Assist given

  9. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Adams goes close

  10. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    It's been given calm down folks.

  11. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Assist has been given.

    Probably took longer because they wre checking the Spurs-Chelsea line ups

  12. Silent Friend
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    assist given but only 1 bonus

  13. ivantys
      1 month, 27 days ago

      If that shot was not on target, it means no assist?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        It's a cross then.

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Wasn't a cross

    • Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Crybaby central on here

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Get the winner now then Bruno

    • ALI_G
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      added

    • Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      This season is a joke for me

      Got Rashford instead of Bruno last week as needed to catch up, and got Sterling this week for a -4 and captained. On came Burke for him and DCL (V)....

      Can't catch a break

      1. Is Stones nailed?
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Rash over Bruno was a bad move but can't fault the Sterling one, that's harsh.

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Rash vs Ivanovic and Saints high line was inviting.

          1. Is Stones nailed?
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Yeah, I understand the punt but Bruno is the man for us. I got Sterling for a hit this week too so I feel your pain, got no bench as well.

      2. RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Keep getting players without penalties and you can finish outside 1mn..Tough but considering u avoids imp of stats like key passes and setpieces i think you can. Dont play football for being a joke when you are the funny one

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Omg Che so close

      1. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        It wasn’t really was it though ?

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          United fan?

    • The Neville Wears Prada
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Who doesn’t own Bruno?

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        63% of players

    • BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Can someone not biased tell the rules? Why would that be assist? No intended target. Not a shot on goal.

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Those kind of shot/assists are always given as an assist

      2. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Cross

      3. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        It was clearly a shot and like you say not on target so shouldnt be assist but surely you know how fixed this game is by now

    • Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      How can I get Bruno into this squad?

      Martinez (Steer)
      Coufal - Cancelo - Dallas (Lamptey & Taylor)
      Salah - Grealish - KDB - Soucek (Burke)
      DCL - Werner - Kane

      0.4m in the bank!

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Sell a forward or Salah

        1. Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Werner & Grealish > Fernandes & Wilson?

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Sell KDB

        1. Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          No chance!

      3. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Sell Werner

        1. Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Werner & Grealish > Fernandes & Wilson?

          1. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Wait until Werner scores a hatty later

          2. HashAttack
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Watch out for NEW Covid outbreak - might need to avoid Wilson

      4. RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        kane to bamford and soucek to bruno

        1. RECKLESS
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          or grealish

    • sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Bruno needs more to get max baps.

    • RECKLESS
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Come on Bruno keep up with genius Van De Beek

    • Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      NOWWW WINNER PENN COME ON BRUNOO

    • Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      C’mon United go on and win this and I don’t even care who scores.

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Bruno only on 1 bonus. Needs another return without Cavani

    • Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      assist added for Captain Bruno!!

    • Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Cavani how much is he? Worth lurking ...

      1. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        8.0. If I wasn’t worried about picking the wrong players I’d have put him in this week. He’s coming in for Jimi (pays for KWP to Dias)

      2. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Had just checked it myself - shame he wasn't priced at 7.5 instead of 8.0

    • fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Come on Adams, jam an assist brah!

    • Burger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      It can only not be an assist if the touch by the opposing player significantly alters the direction of the ball, which it didn't. So it's an assist and calm down people.

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Apparently if it's a shot thats not on target it can't be an assist?