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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. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    This team have no idea how to play a diamond.

    1. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Could have even stopped at play...

  2. Cometh The Aouar...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Hendooooo

  3. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Armstrong messing it up again!!!!

  4. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    JWP casuals reaping the points. Great stuff.

    1. Big_Bear
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I complain that I couldn't do Mitrovic to Wilson because I dont take hits but the reason I still have JWP is because I dont take hits. Got to appreciate my luck as well as roux the bad luck!

    2. alsybach
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Why be bitter? What makes your picks so much better?

    3. Hattrick Harry
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Its trivial to have the best fk taker in your team

  5. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    yes Henserson time

  6. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    The best FK taker in the Premier League does it again.

  7. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Why the hell do United not sell De Gea... he's beyond past it

  8. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    About time United's luck ran out.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      The Brighton game was something else.
      How they won that game is beyond me.

  9. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Hendo time.

  10. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    This makes my Bruno to Salah move easy

    1. Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      That or KDB

  11. fedolefan
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Where's that Pukki Blinders kid now? See he's gone a bit quiet.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 28 days ago

      😆

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      he chats so much gargabe I swear, he was adamant Spurs could not beat City to the point I was mental for suggesting so.
      He is never here on match days, only mid week to troll peoples comments

    3. Party time
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Lol

    4. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      And Tony Martial

  12. Patio Kev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    De Gea too embarrassed to continue ?

  13. Vazza
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Saints 2 : 0 Man U + VAR

    • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Bruno not scoring here

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Been real unlucky

        1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Story of my gameweek / season so far hha

    • Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Finally de gea is injured

    • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      At this rate DE Gea might feign an injury

    • Dantedrama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      DDG doing a Maupay

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Wtf was that Armstrong

    • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Hendo’s time to shine. Cmon Dean

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Betting against United is free money. I thought United would do well but still getting 3.95 on SOU was ridiculous

      1. alsybach
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        You are a fek’n genius

    • Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      High line

      1. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Tribute to Maradonna.

    • Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Ole sacked in the morning?

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        One can only wish

      2. bigwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        If they get battered, yeah

    • ivantys
        2 months, 28 days ago

        This could be a hammering

      • Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        What time does the Utd comeback start?

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Next week

        1. ivantys
            2 months, 28 days ago

            They struggled to beat WBA and people were certain they were super "on form" and would walk over Saints.

        2. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Seems I will be doing Bruno -> KDB

          1. AC Yew
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Same

        3. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          That miss from Bruno hurts.

          1. alsybach
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Not when you’ve got McCarthy in goal!!

        4. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Let's go Adams grab a goal please

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Honestly i was wishing it was at least him involved if unites concede but no

          2. KGFC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            I'm rooting for Walcot!

        5. Nikolai Volkoff
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Who needs pens when you can score free kicks?

        6. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Bruno captains thoroughly punished

          Nowhere to hide for then

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Punished for what?

            1. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Don't feed it