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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. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Telles injured. Looks like another muscle injury.

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Groin?

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Looked like it yeah.

  2. Crouching Tiger
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Telles groin injury

  3. Tony Martial
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    My god Edi is so good

  4. Africa United
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Anyone not having Fernandez in his team ? Having him as non captain need him to score but not too much as I guess he's in every fpl team by now

    1. PlumaPiedra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      More managers don't have him than do.

    2. Nice to Finally Michu
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      🙄

      1. Nice to Finally Michu
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Link in your bio says you don't have him

        1. Africa United
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Me ? I have him I don't like him but got him after his 17 pointer and I would never captain lol

          1. Huddersfield
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            So u have multiple accounts. right?

    3. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I dont have Bruno

      1. Africa United
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Come on why he's so lucky

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 21 days ago

          no room, who do I lose for him? Sonj, Salah, Grealish and Jota.
          Playing a 3-4-3, my only option is downgrading Werner which im willing to do, but even then I cant upgrade Bissouma to him. And im not losing Grealish frankly.
          Tricky, I want him or KDB but no clear way or player im willing to lose :/ guess I ride it out unless I get an injury

  5. thischarmingman
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Hard to pick premium players going forward- hard to pull off more than 3 out of Bruno, KDB, Son, Salah and Kane

    1. The Neville Wears Prada
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I have all of them minus kane

      1. thischarmingman
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Nice!

        1. thischarmingman
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          I only have Bruno, Son and Kane - prepared to shuffle a bit with my two FT when the dust settles

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      It is. Mf plan is Bruno, KDB, Salah - plenty of value in the forward line thankfully

  6. The Neville Wears Prada
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    On a scale of 1-pep, how nailed is Mahrez?

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Pep

      1. The Neville Wears Prada
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        So you’re saying there’s a chance?

    2. Crouching Tiger
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Not nailed but I'm gonna gamble and get him for Fulham.

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      To quote Pep, "It's important for our people to score goals and it is a chance for them to keep playing."

  7. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    MBE Rashford messes up Bruno A again

    1. Tomerick
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Good job he got the MBE for something more important than football then.

  8. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Celtic getting beat 2-0 by Ross County. Lennon to be sacked?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Don't think they care much for the League Cup but still he's not going in the right direction.

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I think so even though there is no standout replacement

    3. Babit1967
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Yeah watching it, players look like they have downed tools, Lennon needs to go now and bring in Eddie Howe

  9. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Early hits to get a high tv paying off then

    Son salah bruno kdb all look like top options

    1. Olson
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Kane essential. KdB Salah hokey cokey around fixtures is the only way really

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I can get all 4 mids with kane but will have to downgrade dcl to wilson for that

  10. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    A) Son and Ings
    B) KDB and Adams

    Which would be better?

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A

    2. Africa United
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Ings out mate so B is better?

      1. Jimmers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        He's due back v soon

  11. JBG
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Ffs Rashford, the one time you need to be selfish! His decision making is awful.

    1. The Neville Wears Prada
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Selfish is not trait he possesses

    2. Troll hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      He has lost his confidence 🙁 Out he goes.

  12. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Bruno gets assist even tho shot wasn't towards goal.

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      yea well FPL towers always reward players like Bruno, we all know this

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Must have been a cross then 😉

      1. PastaConcerto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        A prayer into a crowded box...not a pass to Cavani...but luck happens

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I've got to admit, when he looked up it didn't look like he was looking at the goal. He looked where Cavani was.

      1. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        No way, that was a shot.

  13. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    As a Chelsea fan who did Kane > (V)ardy this week, I'm pretty nervous about what's about to happen....

    Oh and I have James and Chilwell

  14. FPL_Motty
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Ouch

  15. seewhyaxe
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    first return in the entire gameweek, Bruno is awesome

  16. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    I've said it before and I'll say it again despite the haters, Bruno can more or less match Salah over the course of a season. And he's significantly cheaper.

    Own both if you can.

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Salah Bruno KDB for me

    2. CRO KLOPP
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Or like me own Jota and Bruno

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Unreal value. Salah will outscore Jota eventually but Jota is a great pick at the moment. I own all 3.

        1. CRO KLOPP
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Yes,Great value,happy for now

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Same, Mahrez covering KDB

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Son has better ppg & cheaper still.

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Also good value but his returns are padded by the extraordinary start of the season period where everything went in. He's a second tier pick behind these two IMO.

  17. Tony Martial
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Can we all agree if Tony played like Rashford today.. don’t even want to think about that would’ve been said

    Both two of my favourite players btw

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Yes agree.

      1. Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Thank you

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          That's why I usually try to defend Martial.

    2. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      None of them are naturall goalscorers or strikers imo

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Martial is a great finisher. Not a poacher, but a great finisher. Rashford not so much. Rashford has a good shot on him, but his decision making lets him down way too often.

        1. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Sadly true re Rashford

  18. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    I got Salah, KDB, Bruno and Vardy (c).
    So far all returned sods law Vardy will blank tomorrow.

    1. TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Same here

  19. Party time
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    People really thought Rashford could cover Bruno

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Cover is a myth.

    2. ivantys
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Read too much into that midweek hat trick

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Bruno assist??

      And I capped Salah over him!

      1. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Will be removed after the game ends. Not his assist

        1. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Lol

        2. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Haha

        3. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Lol

      2. JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Bruno and away match go together like beer and football.

    4. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Fernandes is great but the Salah/KDB captain rotation for next few weeks still swings it for me;
      FUL ful WBA cry WBA/NEW new

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        All 3 for me. Bruno is a better option than Kane imo.

    5. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      If you could have only one and captain him next gw is it Bruno or KDB?

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        KdB

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        KDB

      3. Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Bruno is so much better fpl asset and player but becuz it’s Fulham KD

        1. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          He isn't a better player tbh but I agree he is a more explosive FPL asset

    6. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      One more Bruno!!!

    7. Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Feeds kids, plays for United and England, rubbish at football

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Thisss

    8. Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Congrats to Bruno captainers.

      1. Crouching Tiger
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Need more, not on big baps yet.

    9. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Am sure there was some random poster a few pages back on this article telling us all how right he was that we shouldn’t captain Fernandes because Soton are so good ?

      1. RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Yes people share their opinion, its free world so not yours to ridicule

        1. Patio Kev
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          But it’s quite funny when they share that view before half term and then it turns out to be completely wrong.

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Agree with Reckless it's better to have an opinion and a bit of fun rather than troll people online.

            1. Patio Kev
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Is it not better to make sure your opinion is correct before bragging about how brilliant you are at calling it ? Half time was a bit early to call Bruno a failure wasn’t it in hindsight ?

          2. RECKLESS
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            People are wrong all the time, I have been , even you would have been sometimes. Football is crazy and unpredictable, I stopped predicting when Lei won the epl as that defied all loguc but some people dont learn and continue predicting which u cant stop after all. No offense meant bro just saying as online is toxic as it is

            1. Patio Kev
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              I agree people can make predictions all the time but effectively telling everybody at half time that they wrong to captain Bruno was ridiculous. Wait until the game is almost over at least.

    10. RECKLESS
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Van da beek chip passing is world class

    11. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Bruno finished for today then

    12. C_G
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Depending on how the next game goes, I have just the right amount of funds to do:

      Ziyech & DCL ----> Kane & Jota

    13. Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Werner & Grealish > Fernandes & Wilson/Bamford?