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Bruno Fernandes gave Edinson Cavani goal as he prioritised ‘future’ for Man Utd

Bruno Fernandes says he was “thinking about the future” when he teed up Edinson Cavani for his first Manchester United goal in their 3-1 win away at Everton on Saturday.

United returned to winning ways after back-to-back defeats against Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir, despite falling a goal behind at Goodison Park.

Nevertheless, Fernandes quickly cancelled out Bernard’s opener before edging the visitors in front – and his second looked like the match winner until Cavani came off the bench to add a third.

The new Red Devils recruit swept the ball home after being teed up by Fernandes, who gave up the chance to secure a hat-trick on Merseyside.

And after the victory, he revealed his decision to pick out Cavani was for the greater good of the team.

Fernandes told BBC Sport: “The point is winning the game. [I set up Edinson Cavani because] for a striker it is important to score for his confidence, he will be important for us and the first goal will give him confidence.

“I don't need to think about a hat-trick, I need to think about the future.

“Every game is important, we are not good in the league so these three points are important. We have a game in hand so we can go closer to the top of the table. We are not the best team now, and we are not the worst team after Istanbul.

“We will get better if we do the right things.”

Cavani joined United on a free transfer after departing Paris St-Germain upon the expiry of his contract in the summer, but is yet to earn a start for the club so far.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted to see him register his first goal, however, and hopes he will be even sharper after next week’s international break.

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The United boss said: “Very happy for [Cavani]. Brilliant to get that first goal, I know it takes the pressure off your shoulders.

“Hopefully he gets time for the national team and comes back sharp again.”

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