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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

    24 from 4 with lots of action otw

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

      Unlucky

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      27 from 4. Hope it looks up.

  2. tafrère
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    A Bruno haul is good, but now Son and Kane must punish those sellers.

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

      Lol this. Holding Son and Kane.

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

      it's funny 2 weeks ago, people would argue, but now, the silence is so telling haha

      1. Utopsis
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Yep - the fear has set in ahead of KO 😉

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

      Anyone doing worse?

      10 (-4)
      6 to play, captain 2 pointer, only 2 defenders played.

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Tough.

        16 from 4 here but my captain hasn't played yet.

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

        Gonna be a large red arrow. Captain DCL?

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

          Well sterling...dcl vice, awful awful couple of weeks mainly because of sterling

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

            Thing is, I don’t think you should offload him before Fulham? :/ tough one

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

              I'm getting really fed up with it tbh, I could have easily (and maybe wisely) shipped him weeks ago but the fixtures have tricked me. I don't have Bruno, Salah, kdb or vardy and I'm paying extra for it because sterling has got me nothing for weeks

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

                Have you got a wc still? Might be time to use it

            2. Garlana
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Look, my bench is a mess...no WC. Dont think I've had a more tough time as a manager as no matter what I do falls to poop.

              Martinez
              Cancelo, James, robbo
              Sterling, ziyech, grealish, son
              Kane, bamford dcl

              Bissouma, lamptey, mitchell

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

                I mean I look at it and think it's not so bad. But this week alone. Cancelo dropped and likely out if favour, sterling dropped, robbo 90th min Vs wipe. No big hitters. Finally brought dcl in for a -4 for Jimi who will likely score now.

              2. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Unlucky you have 70% of my players & just shows what a difference the additional ones make.

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

                  Actually makes me feel better. I just keep making the wrong close decisions.. not getting rewarded for any is brutal.

      3. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        14 (-4) 7 to play, C left to play, also 2 def - sounds like a slight brag, but not loving it 😉

    4. Joey Tribbiani
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Need to downgrade Harry to get Bruno
        Bamford or Wilson?

        1. tafrère
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          50/50, really tough call. Bamford if you have a lead in ML, Wilson if you're chasing.

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

          I would get Bruno out of the three

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

          Bamford, easy

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

          Downgrade Kane before Arsenal?

          1. Joey Tribbiani
              1 month, 20 days ago

              dont want to, but Bruno is just so annoying

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

                Bruno is annoying, but I have seen many times, very highly ranked FPL players literally ingoring certain high scoring players all season and still getting amazing ranks.
                As long as your team is good, you dont have to have him

                1. DNML
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Everton fan won fpl w/out pool players and they scored HUGE that year.

                2. Deeney-is-a-god
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  since bruno came to the perm he has been in a league of his own points wise. Think he is joint first in both goals (15) and assists (10). He is also cheaper notably cheaper than the likes of KDB, Salah and Mane, so for me he is a must have.

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

          Cavani at 8M is so appealing, class striker

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

            If he becomes nailed. Straight in

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Same for Telles?

              1. just a man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Might be out injured groin in game

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

            not ideal with the Christmas period coming up though, will be benched just due to his age

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

          #mufc are the first team in Premier League history to win four consecutive away games despite trailing in each of them #mulive [opta]

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            I don't see that as a good stat for a top 4 side

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

            It seems to speak to something. Like the mentality to win is there.

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

          How can you sell Bruno for Salah. Simply need an alternative route. I can’t justify selling Bruno with the returns he provides.

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

            Salah-KDB-Bruno-Grealish-Jota soon to be the template midfield

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

            I'm the clown who did that this week, there was just no way I was selling Vardy(my captain) and KDB so it had to be him as I really wanted Salah

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

            I intend to keep Bruno with one of KDB and Salah. Think he’ll match them for less.

          4. Patio Kev
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Just get Jota instead

        8. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          This gameweek has been an utter nightmare. Picking Rashford over Fernandes 4 weeks ago has now cost me 50 points. And yet I still can't quite get myself to buy him because I just don't have a spot.

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

            find a way. even if its a few hits. got to stop the rot at some point.

          2. HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Just get him in
            Consistently scores well and a perfect Vc every week

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Salah, KdB, Son, Grealish, Jota.

              How?

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

                Sell KDB

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

                Can't have everyone. I won't have Son myself. Salah, KDB, Bruno, Grealish midfield. I could get Son for Grealish actually if i drop DCL for Wilson or Robertson for someone cheaper

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

                  But what’s the reason for that? What if Son goes and hauls now, you would completely take back what you just said. He’s the highest scoring mid in the game.

              3. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                That’s the difference many of us don’t have Salah or KDB

              4. Utopsis
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  In for Grealish and ditch your premium forward?

                • just a man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Can’t have them all. I’ve got him over Son. Let’s see if it’s a mistake in this game now

            2. dogtanion
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Well could have been worse if it wasn't for an injury time assist so not all bad . Greenwood's performances mean that Rash won't be getting dropped anytime soon either

          3. dogtanion
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Sterling owners giving him one more week ? Will that change if he plays 90 midweek and doesn't have an impact?

            1. Napoleon IV
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              nope

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

            Will this game be?:
            A - Thriller
            B - Low scoring

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

              I want to say A, looking at that Spurs defence, hopefully Chelsea score early and open the game up.

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

              Tight unless there's an early goal(?)

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

              B

            4. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Hopefully Chelsea kill them
              Don’t want any Son or Kane points

            5. what\'s my name
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              A followed by B later ))

          5. seewhyaxe
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            hoping for a 0-0 in the next game with 4 players

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

            Feels odd but how does DCL > Wilson next week sound?

            Would allow me to do Ziyech > Salah and keep both KDB and Bruno

            1. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Good
              Considering DCL out soon myself

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

              I heard someone on here saying newcastle have covid outbreak so wait for news if that's true or not

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

                Interesting, thanks for the heads up

              2. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Earlier today, seen that posted?

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

              The two transfers together look good but I think on its own I'd keep DCL over Wilson

          7. tafrère
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Is it true that Newcastle is struggling with covid spread among their players and staff ?

            1. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Yes, but seems like more staff than players

          8. Bennyboy1907
              1 month, 20 days ago

              28 from 6 Vardy captain anyone doing worse?

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

                that's not bad at all

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

                That's pretty decent...?

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

                26 from 5. Same captain

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

                16 from 4, with 3 players blanked.

                next game is key + Vardy (C)

                1. tafrère
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Same here, 16 from 4.

              5. tafrère
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Lol, spoiled kid.

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

                4 from 4
                happy?

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

                Subtle brag? 22 from 4 Vardy captain

            • Hryszko
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Need to lost one to get Bruno in...

              1. Kane
              2. Werner

              Own no other Chelsea/Spurs assets!

              1. Shearer & Sutton
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                2

              2. HuttonDressedasLahm
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Ask in 2 hours

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

                Neither, both great for next week.

            • Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Will you load up on Manu, Manc and Villa players with your freebies or will you use a chip when DGW comes?

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

                there'll probably be better DGWs later on to be honest. Maybe worth considering using the TC on Bruno, that's it.

                1. Bobby Digital
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  One possibility is GW19 right?

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

              I have no idea how this match is going to play out. Both managers are tactically flexible.

            • JaydenLFC87
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              What to do ??

              A) Transfer in Torres

              B) Transfer in Foden

              C) Save Transfer and Play Rodriguez

              1. Bobby Digital
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                C

            • davies
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              From next week onwards...

              Son or Jota?

              1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Jota and 3 mil, for me

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

                  INB4 Jota benching.

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

                Salah Bruno KDB Son Jotaaaaaa

                1. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Who’s up top though?

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

                    Two from DCL Wilson Bamford and Brewster sub

                    1. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      I see, mega midfield

            • Vazza
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Salah who?

              • Forza Papac
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Sky Sports showing Son hauling vs Southampton high line. Dave Munday has a semi

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

                  That was just after I sold him for Bruno, happy times

              • C_G
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                if i get no return from Ziyech this week, i have 2 FTs.

                No Salah, should I do

                Ziyech & DCL ---> Kane & Jota

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

                  Wait 2hrs before you decide if you want Kane in!

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

                    I said if I dont get a return from Ziyech this week, which would mean Ive assessed Kane in the CHE - TOT game

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

                      Fair play. Could be a good move if Kane is still on it!

                    2. Pep bites Kun
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      I didn't get that from your original post either. Wait for the game

              • Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Hands up if you need this to be something along the lines of CHE 3 - 0 TOT with Ziyech and Chilwell delivering the goods and Kane/ Son stifled into nothingness?!

                \8/

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

                  o/

                2. HuttonDressedasLahm
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Yep, but Chilwell and Werner fir me
                  Kane missed pen would be nice too

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

                    Kane missed pen would indeed be glorious sir

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

                  Something like 3-3
                  Kane/Son combo for all 3 Spurs goals
                  Werner hatty all assisted by James

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

                    I’m afraid I cannot endorse this but this is closer to what I expect to happen in reality.

                    Pretty convinced I made a mistake selling

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

                Son + Kane sellers. Get behind those sofas

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

                  I'm not afraid of losing 2 appearance points

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

                    Hope is what keeps us alive

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

                  Proudly sitting on the sofa. Gripping my beer with both hands shaking. 😆

                  I’m expecting pain. I’ve made peace with it

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

                  Afraid Fat Frank will set out for a 0-0, and Mourinho will be happy enough to oblige away from home

                4. Utopsis
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    There - it's a proper party as well, loads of us here! Shame you can't join

                  • Original - Wolves Ay We
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    What for? They're going to blank. 😀

                  • Nomar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Considering you can't have everyone, you're always going to be hiding behind the sofa for someone.

                    Sometimes you just accept that there's going to be games where players you don't have are going to haul, but you just accept it and get on with your life without cowering in fear....

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

                  Today might have been the end of Martial's United career.

                6. Chucky
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  no baps fpr penandes?:D

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

                    10 points, though. Not to be sniffed at.

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

                  Who expects the wizard to destroy Spurs?

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

                  So many viable premiums

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

                    I need hacks

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

                      I want this front 7
                      KDB Salah Bruno Son Jota
                      Bamford Adams

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

                        I can get
                        Bruno KDB Salah Jota
                        Vardy Bamford Watkins

                9. Nomar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  I had Cavani in my draft team, sold him 2 weeks ago (for Wilson to be fair) and sold JWP this week for Klich (didn't want to carry 3 Southampton players and keeping Ings in case someone snaps him up if I sell him).,

                  May get Cavani back and drop Adams.

                10. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Kane, Son & Chilwell up next, nice 3 - 2 to Spurs with a Son / Kane master class & Chilwell A & G ?

                  Too much to ask for?