Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has explained his decision to assist Edinson Cavani in the club’s 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday. The Red Devils went into the match looking to bounce back after recent defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir. And they did just that, giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a vital three points at Goodison Park.
Everton took the lead against United early on with Bernard opening the scoring.
The Brazil international bamboozled Aaron Wan-Bissaka before unleashing a low strike that sailed past David De Gea and into the net.
Fernandes then got United level, with the 26-year-old rising to head home Luke Shaw’s pinpoint cross.
The Portugal international got his second goal shortly before half time, with his curling effort creeping beyond the outstretched Jordan Pickford.
Late on, it seemed as though Fernandes was going to score a hat-trick.
But, instead of trying to shoot past Pickford, the former Sporting Lisbon star put it on a plate for Cavani to convert.
It was the Uruguay international’s first goal for the club since his move from Paris Saint-Germain and the Red Devils are hopeful it will be the first of many.
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And, speaking after the game, Fernandes explained his decision to pass to the 33-year-old by telling 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.
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“We will get better if we do the right things.”
In a separate interview, Fernandes predicted things would be ‘much better’ for Cavani after getting off the mark in English football.
“I think strikers need to score and have the confidence. A striker is confident when he scores. For [Cavani] it’s really important,” he said.
“Everyone knows Edi is a striker who’s done everything in the world of football. He really helps a lot and it will be much better for him after this first goal.”
Solskjaer was also happy for the veteran, with the Norwegian saying: “Hopefully, he’s getting better and better and sharper and sharper.
“Today, it was just trying to finish the game off, because we played well. It’s great for him to get his first goal. That’s a weight off his shoulders and now he’s just ready to kick on.”
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“If we can get this determination, mindset, approach every single game, we’ll be hard to play against,” he said.
“You see all the tackles that Scott and Fred were winning in the middle there, we’re tight, we’re compact, we win the ball, we play, we’ve got spaces, that’s how we want to see these boys. So we’re very pleased with that.
”I can’t praise the boys enough for the character that they’ve shown.
“I didn’t want to do it [talk about the schedule] before the game, because I don’t want to start giving them excuses before but after, you have to have some common sense to let these boys showcase what they’re really about.
“I thought we saw that at times today but to get this product better, fixture scheduling has to be better.“
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