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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. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Don't want to annoy anyone but I did say not to captain Fernandes as we are on fire but he could easily still score

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      You guys aren't even playing a high line as everyone expected..

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        It's almost as if Hassenhuttl isn't stupid lol. Southampton were top of the league not long ago. They are a quality side. This shouldn't surprise anyone really.

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Jupp.. But Utds awful diamond shape and tactic doesn't help them either.

        2. MITHRRANDIRR
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          They did give surprise gifts to Son, Kane, and their owners.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Nothing wrong with annoying people, if you've made a good call rub it in all you want mate

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Yeah I was tempted to do Bruno to KDB (C) for a hit but chickened out.

    4. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Vardy was obvious choice but Bruno could have had 2 already on another day so wasn't a bad call

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        2!!! He could of had 1 from a saints mistake, they've not created anything

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

          Had a shot that grazed the post which McCarthy was nowhere near...

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            So he shot wide.....

    5. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Could’ve easily scored that sitter, and clipped the post.

    6. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      He’s come close twice..

    7. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      This aged well didn’t it Super Saints ?

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        You are loving me today! The bit where I said he could easily score? That shouldn't be an assist, off target shot but there's a lot of point fixing

  2. Sco
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Soton need a 3rd before the inevitable VAR penalty.

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      And we always conceede at least one post 90 minutes

      1. ivantys
          3 months, 6 days ago

          3 CS at home

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 6 days ago

      England's real #1 should come on.

    3. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Unlucky Saints. You shouldnt have injured De Gea. You wont score again now

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      What is JWP conversion rate? Must be up there

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I’ve always been amazed more free kicks arnt scored.

    5. Party time
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Bruno please score a goal for your cappers. Please!

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Ain't gonna happen I'm afraid.

      2. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        That miss (Greenwoods rebound) suggest this isn't his day cue 2 pointer.

      3. Skloppy Kops
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Off at HT

    6. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      AWB having a shocker game

    7. Railwayman
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      It smells like a Bruno second half haul. It's one of those games where united is down and looks like $hit, but somehow they don't lose the game after 90mins.

      1. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        wont happen
        Southamptom are actually good

        1. Railwayman
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          All he needs is one assist and a VAR penalty and it's a haul 😀

    8. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      JWP #1 mid in the league tied with Son and ahead of Grealish in Value (Season)

    9. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Beckham who?

      1. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        David

      2. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Brooklyn

      3. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Romeo

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Done

    10. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      of course the person above me in my ML owns bednarek

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Hahahahahahahah

        Who owns Bednarek?

      2. Railwayman
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        It is always like that. Casuals in my ML full of double Soton defence 😀

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 6 days ago

          why bother

      3. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        That is why he is above you. 🙂

    11. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Lets face it, Man u are an 8th/9th position team. Without pens papering over the cracks, wonder what their league position would be.

      1. Skloppy Kops
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Everybody knows, wxcept ManU fans

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 6 days ago

          at the end of last season they looked good and it seemed like they were moving forward. No idea whats happened now, they are rapidly declining and going backwards at an alarming rate.

        2. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          We know.

    12. Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Take a min to laugh at all those expert who were shouting Diamond, as if ManU already won it in a diamond. Haha.

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Last time they were banging on about the diamond they got pumped 1-6 😆

        1. Skloppy Kops
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Their only celebration is to celebrate Liverpool's draw and defeat now. Shows their status.

      2. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Aye funny that

    13. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      @Tony Martial change your team brah, United sucks so much

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Thissssss!!!!!!!

    14. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Southampton look high again, can see United scoring a few here still

    15. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      I just hate this game man... I had JWP and he did f all and I take him out for a hit for Torres who scores and better fixtures but nope not enough JWP returns with assist and a goal lol. Nothing going right this season at all..

    16. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Can't believe I thought United would win. Disgraceful call

    17. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      United currently 14th... wow

    18. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 6 days ago

      I need Ings ASAP, when is that man back

      1. Kannbury
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Could be next week!

      2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Ole at the wheel.. But for how much longer?

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          United fans will Pochettino this Xmas.

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            this, and sadly Poch will actually make them good. Hopefully Ole stays to make a dynasty

        2. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Hopefully forever. He'll never do badly enough to be sacked, that's the most beautiful part.

      3. Right In The Stanchion
          3 months, 6 days ago

          United should really be playing Cavani. United are dead up front

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

          SOU 2 set piece goals and otherwise United have dominated chance creation. Its a bit laughable to claim "I told you so" after this first half.

          1. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            I turd, you sew

          2. djoker_nole
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Have a day off

            • Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Utd have also been absolute garbage, multibillion pound joke team

            • Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Southampton have dominated the last 20...

            • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              United are getting torn to shreds

            • MITHRRANDIRR
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Baiting?

          3. LewanGOALski
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            I have had JWP in GW 1-4

          4. dogtanion
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            At least Bruno 90 mins chasing goals guaranteed

          5. JBG
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Great attacking play Rashford.. Just standing there when Utd were attacking and looking for a 1-2 play. And people call Martial lazy.

            1. Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Rashford has been really poor today so far. He has always been a streaky player imo, can be excellent or awful.

          6. Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            VDV poor game

            1. Labile
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              ????

            2. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Van der Vart ?

            3. Patio Kev
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              I don’t think any of the United players are covering themselves in glory TBF, hard to pick out any of them.

            4. Hattrick Harry
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Van der Vaart never played for ManU

          7. Patio Kev
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Che Adams knock pretty much exactly what Romeu did to Fernandes early on game. Taste of own medicine.

            1. DycheDycheBaby
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Fernandes deserved it for moaning like a child.

          8. Labile
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Isn’t Ings back next week

            .....

            1. Vazza
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Thought you were ill?

            2. Vazza
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Guys, load up on United players before you are priced out.. Pochettino will be replacing Ole soon.. 🙂

                1. Ginkapo FPL
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Why worry about something that might happen until it does?

                  1. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    This is the type of logic I need to follow in life

              • diesel001
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Man Utd will go on a good run at some point. See how they do in the Manchester derby. Type of game where they could begin to get their form back.