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

    FT - Absolutely brilliant game.

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

    3-2 and Utd’s finishing was poor today. Should’ve been an embarrassing result for Soton. Crazy that it looks like a getaway.

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      TV pundits at half time: 'United look like they don't have a plan'

      Clueless.

      1. Plant Based Footballer
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yeah. Typical go to commentary.

  3. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    GET INNN... where all the trolls at now? Lmaooo

    1. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Eating their humble pie 🙂

  4. DGW Sane TC Fail....
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    That was a cracking game

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

    Bruno no BAPs either

    1. Africa United
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Bruno one bap

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

        Gone now after his 2 shots off target at the end

        1. Africa United
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Oops

      2. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Zilch

  6. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    hopefully Brunos assist gets removed that would be hilarious along with his 0 baps

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

      Would you like chips with that salt?

      1. Balls of Steel
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Maybe some vinegar to rub in too 🙂

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Its there to stay mate get over it

    3. Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Sooooo hilaaaaar looolzzzz

    4. Africa United
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      He gets penalties after full time no way .. they might add an assist to him lol

  7. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Cavani (68)
    Ward-Prowse (41)
    Bednarek (28)
    Fernandes (26)

  8. yosim
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Just did Kane to Cavani

    1. Plant Based Footballer
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      If nailed, at 3 mil less...

  9. Silent Friend
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Checking Cavani price...

  10. Londongeezaa
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    United for the title?

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

      Not even close.

      Great game though. Loved it 🙂

    2. RECKLESS
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Top 4 at best but ucl u never know as they play well against big guys

  11. JBG
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Ralph Hassentaclue

  12. Maddamotha
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    LUUUV IT

  13. RECKLESS
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Cavani an option fpl wise now?

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

      I think so. If he starts, at 8m he's a bargain.

    2. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Unfortunately that Martial yoke will find his way back into the XI.

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

      can he play twice in a week at his age?

    4. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Absolutely!

  14. Railwayman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Don't say I didn't call this scenario one hour ago

    1. ItOnlyTook9Years
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Only if you don't

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

      Standard Southampton

  15. The Frenchie
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Bamford out for:

    A) Jota
    B) Abraham
    C) keep him

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Jota is a mid

    2. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A if for free, otherwise C

  16. DA Minnion
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Bruno keeps giving points.

    1. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Double digit returns in the last 3 - outrageous FPL consistency

  17. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Waiting for Ole to be given the credit any other manager would get for this 45 minute complete turnaround against one of the best performing teams in the league.

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

      Stupid decision starting the match as he did, but luckily he reacted during HT.

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

      Ha there’s an orchestrated campaign against him.

      But keeps getting results.

    3. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      He should be embarrassed thinking any of the United strikers are even close to Cavanis level. The disrespect

      1. Maddamotha
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        And you know he thinks that? Then he probably wouldnt have signed Cavani?

      2. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Probably more a case of match fitness. Cavani hasn't been a starter for months.

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

    Brilliant comeback from United.

  19. The Mandalorian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Happy Place Happy Place St Marys

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

    Whadaya know. We're ahead of City

  21. Robson-Canoe
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    United by far the best team in the world right now, we'll by 5 points by clear by Christmas

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Ah ah

  22. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Yessssss Cavani (C)!!!!!!

    Said basically no one.

    Looks decent though

    1. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Wow.Captain of the season.Congrats!

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        He’s joking, cannot even link his team correctly

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Hadn’t even realised link wasn’t correct. Cheers Steve. Should be working now...

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

        It was a joke .... that’s why I said “said basically no one”!

        I went with the dullard Vardy pick

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

    Time to see who of Bruno/Kane I’m selling for KDB

    1. Right In The Stanchion
        1 month, 29 days ago

        How do you sell a striker for a midfielder?

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Part of two Moves

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Bruno 10 - KDB 10

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

        And i have both wity Vardy(C) left

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

          This

        2. Puntillimon
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Gonna be a 2 pointer

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

      Werner & Grealish > Fernandes & Wilson/Bamford?

      Own Kane, Salah, KDB, DCL etc already

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

      Who to get
      A. Wilson
      B. Cavani

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

      Bruno 'assist' been removed yet?

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

        No, as it shouldn’t.

        1. maditass
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          It's a shot that is on the way off target. Shouldnt be an assist then

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Safe to say I deserve some respect

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Nah, I've seen you be wrong so many times on here that your opinions don't even register with me

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Sorry Mr. Perfect, I assume you're opinions are all 100% correct. Lmao

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Not at all lmao, I'm just saying your opinions are worthless to me. You can share them all you want of course

            2. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I think its more the way you get your opinions across tbh, any opinion which doesnt align with yours is total nonsense and you make that clear.

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 29 days ago

                First point is fair, though just because I'm direct and opinionated doesn't mean I think nonsense of others at all

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Fair play mate, well done

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

            Missed the VAR part, otherwise, it was a good prediction 😀

    6. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Martial could never.

    7. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Urgh - great game and there was an inevitable feeling to the goal.