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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. C_G
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

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

    Ziyech & DCL -----> Kane & Jota

    rest of attack:

    KDB Bruno Grealish Riedewald

    Vardy Watkins

  2. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Huge lols at the people who abused me for saying the 2-0 half time score was misleading and that United could easily come back

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/22865268

      Pretty sure they've all hidden away somewhere now, clowns

    2. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      But, but... They are the Super Saints. LOL

    3. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Didn't see many of them. Saw a lot of people saying Utd would win this easily, especially pre-game. Took a late winner to do it. Wasn't easy at all.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        "Could easily" =/= "It will be easy"

  3. pundit of punts
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Good to go for next gw? 🙂

    Martinez
    Dias - Lamptey - KWP
    Salah - KDB - Fernandes - Grealish - Jota
    Vardy - Bamford

    Button - Taylor - Mitchell - Davis

    1. fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      You can't hide the -20. 🙂

      1. pundit of punts
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Only -16

        Was fed up with martial, rich, Coady, ziyech, Bissouma 😀

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Bamford to Wilson

      1. pundit of punts
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Nothing in the bank for that

  4. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Fernandes captainers very unlucky there could easily have had 40 points

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Or 4.

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Hello mate, please tell me you got rid of Maupay this week?

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Yes!! And i got in Wilson!! And KDB!!! And Fernandes captain!!

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Lol very nice, I thought he might've been continuing the abuse.

  5. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Henderson, what an impact! 😆

  6. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Everything was so normal for 45 minutes . . . and then Southampton go to sleep. Sigh.

    1. F4L
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      2-0 at HT wasn't a fair reflection.

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        This

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

      Southampton were lucky to not concede first half

  7. BigRedDog
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Solskjaer clings on

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

    Brilliant work ethic by Cavani. Never gave up. Already a fan.

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Did more work in one half than Greenwood has done all season

      1. Plant Based Footballer
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Isn't Greenwood just coming back to fitness?

  9. Moolaah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Is James currently the 1st RB for Chelsea?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yes he's currently first choice.

      1. Moolaah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Great. A good prospect to free up funds

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yes

    3. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yes

    4. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Always was.

      Was only out while Ziyech was injured.

  10. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Suppose we had to let United win so all their glory hunting fans didn't cry and start supporting Liverpool

    1. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Dead joke

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Suppose Soton are the biggest chokers in the league no?

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Can't argue with that

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

      Salt levels too high. BP going through the roof.

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Haha yep I'm gutted

  11. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Well despite what they said Salah > Bruno last week didn’t turn out too bad did it 🙂

  12. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Now KDB will be sold for Fernandes

    1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      They will fund him with a different player

    2. C_G
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      just get both

      1. C_G
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        oh u meant casuals

    3. Plant Based Footballer
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Not after the 5-0 Burnley drubbing and Fulham next.

  13. Weeb Kakashi
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Rashford finally did something. Keep for one more week? Or sell for a hit?

    1. F4L
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I'd say get rid, looked poor today again

    2. C_G
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      sell

    3. Plant Based Footballer
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      United are picking up. Unless, OGS puts Martial straight back in. When he's scoring tap-in and getting 1 2s in the box all is dandy. All other times he's sulking and bringing the ship down with him.

      Keep him and broken de Gea out and they're in the CL again next year.

  14. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Major Son exodus if he doesn't return today.

    (Good news for those who choose to keep him.)

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Or not as KDB Bruno etc likely to comfortably outscore him

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Literally what is there to suggest they will comfortably outscore him?

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        'Comfortably' is putting your neck out there considering he's the joint-highest scorer in the game.

    2. Plant Based Footballer
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Hmm. That could happen but Arsenal at home next week seems like a fine fixture to keep. Then it's Palace away (I think) next.

  15. Roy Hudd
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    The flawed bonus system strikes again. Bruno not getting any after scoring, assisting and basically controlling the 2nd half. Gotta laugh.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      How about your check his deductions.

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      He could have had 2 bonus but for some reason kept shooting wide at the end!

      1. Roy Hudd
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I find it criminal that someone is negatively impacted by attempting to win the game by having a shot at goal. Yes he may have given the ball away etc etc. But he was constantly trying to get on the ball and make things happen. If he'd have stood on the halfway line and not moved a muscle he'd be on for more bonus. Mental.

  16. Puntillimon
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    41 from 4, it’s going downhill from here on. Come on Chelsea!

  17. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Tough decisions now of how to get Fernandes, KDB and salah in midfield

  18. davies
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Who makes way for Salah?

    Vardy or Bruno?

    1. Africa United
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Wait a week Salah against wolves not the beat fixture

      1. davies
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Yeah next week mate

    2. Werner Bros
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I'm doing Bruno>Salah in GW12 and then Bruno back in with Bamford for Vardy/Zaha in GW13. Will cost some team value but keeps Vardy for Brighton and gets me Salah, KDB, Bruno for GW13 onwards

  19. Africa United
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Now Vardy Cappers are we going to have a PARTY ? 😀 God please let Vardy gets a Hattie+

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yes please much needed

      I think 3 goals are not enough to save my week 🙂

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Goal and an assist + max baps.

    3. Railwayman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yes please.

    4. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      The way my season is going, red card

  20. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    From 141k to 350k

    Worst week of my career so far

    11 points haha

    Well at least its fun!

    1. fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Pretty good career then if a 200K drop is the worst ever.

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Pretty lucky 😉

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Oof, unlucky mate

  21. fedolefan
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    A goal and assist each from Son, Kane is all that's needed for utter chaos.

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Double Chelsea defence and no son and kane here

      See you on the war!!

  22. Kloppcorn
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Jeez if cavani can nail down a starting spot he’ll be a great pick

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

      Indeed

  23. antis0cial
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Cavani to become an option or too pricey?

    1. Kloppcorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      He’s only 8.0

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      If anything he's a bargain.
      If he was nailed and 9m I would bring him in but nailedness is what worries mw

      1. antis0cial
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        He really should be nailed, he’s the only striker united have. They play so much better with a proper forward up top, I am tempted to move dcl to cavani.

  24. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    People still selling Bruno?

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      He'll never keep this up 😉

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      And there were goals mate!

  25. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Lets go Kane, Son, Werner, James and Chil.

    3-5 to Spurs please

  26. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    29 from 4 and don’t own KdB (bloody Sterling), just a shame about the -8!

    Need Soucek to our score Son by 1 to warrant the hit now!

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I'm doing alright this GW, but would still like the Soucek goal.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Ain’t it, I think his winner against Fulham is the most satisfying goal I’ve had so far!

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      It is possible

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I think my best bet is a Son blank, Spurs concede and a West Ham clean sheet Soucek 3 pointer

  27. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Only for next week do you prefer
    A) Salah
    B) Bruno

  28. Inter Me Gran
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    James rodriguez for;

    A. Mahrez (rotation risk)
    B. Ziyech (rotation risk??)
    C. Pulisic (match fitness)
    D. Keep

  29. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Unfair for Cavani not be nailed on striker in this ManUtd team with the excuse of being old. Ibra was older but he was a starter and also very sharp like Cavani

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Should be now.

      Ole has said in the past that he doesn't bench players who are scoring goals.

      1. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        He’s same age as Vardy isn’t he? Don’t see him getting much rest

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      yea Cavani looks great, nice price too