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Bruno Fernandes disproves theory as Man Utd star bags Everton double

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Bruno Fernandes exploded a popular myth as he scored twice in Manchester United's 3-1 Premier League win at Everton.

Fernandes scored two first-half goals to put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side back in the driving seat after they went behind to Bernard's opener at Goodison.

And the United midfielder then turned provider as he set up Edinson Cavani for his first Red Devils goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Fernandes has developed a reputation as a penalty specialist, having scored 31 of the 34 spot-kicks he has taken in his career.

Of those converted kicks, 11 have been for United – and after joining last January, he didn't miss one for Solskjaer's side until last month.

But the 26-year-old's double against Everton means he has actually scored seven goals from open play in the Premier League since making his United debut in February. No midfielder has scored more in that period.

Not that Fernandes is counting. There was some doubt over whether the second goal was actually his, or whether Marcus Rashford got a touch as the Portuguese star's cross beat Jordan Pickford and went in off the post.

Asked about the goal, Fernandes said: “I don’t care. If Marcus touched it a little bit it can be his goal.

“It doesn’t matter, no problem for me."

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Fernandes could have even gone for a hat-trick late as Solskjaer's side hit Everton on the break, but the midfielder unselfishly squared it for Cavani to open his United account.

“The most important for me as a No.10 is serving my team-mates, as I did in the end for Edi (Cavani)," said Fernandes.

“I had the chance to shoot, maybe looking for the hat-trick, but I see Edi alone, he had the chance.

“If Marcus takes the second goal it’s not a problem for me.”

United's win eased the pressure on manager Solskjaer following his side's dreadful Champions League defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in midweek. The Red Devils host West Brom in the Premier League next Saturday.

  • Champions League
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  • Marcus Rashford
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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