Haaland and Mo Salah were two stand-out captaincy options against struggling Bournemouth and Luton Town, respectively. City won by a canter but Haaland came off injured, without a return, at half-time while Salah also blanked as Liverpool slumped to a shock draw against the Hatters.
United talisman Fernandes actually provided some respite for those who maintained faith in the Portuguese star. He bagged a late stunner against Fulham, along with 11 points, to ease the pressure on Erik ten Hag.
But the chaos continued elsewhere as popular Tottenham Hotspur assets blanked in the face of a 4-1 thumping at home to Chelsea. Even worse, James Maddison went off injured while Destiny Udogie and Cristian Romero both scored -4 points for being sent off while Spurs conceded four times.
The MEN looks at two players to sign and two players to get rid of. City are always tough to judge because they are the best team in the league, however, only Haaland seems to be the one that you can trust to deliver returns throughout an entire season.
Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United, 8.3m
Just like last week, owning Man United assets will always be frustrating until the team can start to find some cohesion and a sustainable way of playing again. However, Fernandes is a man for the individual moments and he could well be a key player in breaking down a stingy Luton defence.
Fernandes hauled last week against Fulham and scored midweek in that crazy Champions League clash with Copenhagen. Generally, United are not a team to target for long-term security at this moment but, with the way City share points out, they seem a bit more reliable for when they do find a way to win matches.
Scott McTominay – Manchester United, 4.8m
It has come out of nowhere but Scott McTominay is now one of the first names on the United team-sheet. A mix of injuries and poor performances have given McTominay a new lease of life in a struggling team.
He might not be the long-term answer for Ten Hag but, at 4.8m, the Scotland international is a very cheap option for FPL managers on a budget. McTominays bigger appeal comes from the fact he always wants to make advanced runs from deep, recently leading to a number of goals and assists.
Julian Alvarez – Manchester City, 7.2m
This is a tough one because Julian Alvarez is a player who almost always passes the eye test. Earlier in the season, he was doing that while providing the goals and assists that made him an absolute must for FPL managers.
At 7.2m, he remains a very good asset on the FPL market but the striker slots are becoming very competitive. Ollie Watkins is in electric form, Darwin Nunez always threatens a haul and Nicolas Jackson has just bagged a hat-trick against the former league leaders.
The consistency of Alvarezs returns have slowly dried up and he never really delivers big hauls like some of the other strikers (14 point return against Fulham, aside). City also have tough looking matches ahead against Chelsea and Liverpool but you should never rule out the English and European champions against any opponent.
Marcus Rashford – Manchester United, 8.6m
It is still astonishing to see over 13% of managers with Marcus Rashford in their team. He was an outstanding asset to own last season but the big issue with Rashford is that he is a player who lives and dies on confidence.