Man Utd: Are they over-reliant on Bruno Fernandes?
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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has expressed his delight with the club’s 2-1 win over Brighton on Sunday night. The Portugal international was seen venting at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the win at Old Trafford. But he’s just happy they picked up all three points.
Brighton gave United a huge scare on Sunday night.
Danny Welbeck put the visitors in front in the first half, scoring against his old side for the third time in the process.
But United, after the interval, were significantly improved.
They levelled through Marcus Rashford and, in the closing stages of the contest, Mason Greenwood struck to give his side all of the points.
During the game, Fernandes and Solskjaer had a spat.
The Portugal international vented his fury at his manager while the Norwegian was talking to Luke Shaw.
But the 26-year-old seemed happy enough after his side’s victory, praising their fighting spirit and saying the victory ‘says a lot’.
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“It says a lot,” he told MUTV.
“The spirit and determination is also there when we don’t concede and don’t have to come back but the spirit has to be there to don’t concede goals.
“If you don’t concede you are closer to winning the game, we know that and we have to keep doing our job and defending as a team and scoring goals is the most important thing.”
Fernandes did rue the club’s failure to keep a clean sheet, however.
“Not good because we want to keep the clean sheets which we know is important for us,” added the playmaker, who assisted Rashford’s leveller.
“Personally, for the team for everyone it is important but we conceded a goal, but most important is that we won the game.
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“We concede one, we score two so it is okay. Winning the game is what matters and we did it.”
Fernandes also praised Greenwood, who has now scored in two matches on the trot having struggled for form this season.
“Everyone has to know that Mason is a young player and now everyone is starting to know how Mason is, it will become more and more difficult for him,” he said.
“It is normal. It is part of the development for him and he will learn from here so it doesn’t matter how many goals he scores the most important thing for us is that he still helps the team and he is doing his best.
“It is for us as a team, it doesn’t matter who scores.
“If Mason scores for us or not, it is important if he can do other jobs, recover balls, pressing, defend when we need it, making assists, create danger so.
“It is not important for him to score. He has to understand, he is such a young lad. Of course, every striker wants to score but anyway he will score more goals more and more as the seasons pass.”
Fernandes also said: “Good finish but I didn’t see it because someone almost broke my ankle.
“But I’m happy for the team, I am happy for Marcus. It was a good effort because as everyone knows he has come back from injury and he’s helped us.
“This effort comes from everyone. The press for the first goal was good it made them do the wrong ball and I recovered the ball and passed to Marcus and he scores. Everyone is happy when we win and it doesn’t matter who scores.”
Solskjaer, meanwhile, also praised United’s fighting spirit.
“We’ve done that a few times this season, haven’t we? We’re getting used to it,” he said after the club came from behind to win for the eighth time this season.
“You don’t really want to be in those positions, 1-0 down.
“It was a sloppy mistake in midfield, we don’t stop the cross, we don’t defend the cross, so we gave ourselves work to do.
“I think we’ve done that so many times this season that the team doesn’t panic.
“We know we have to build momentum, the ball has to move quicker, we have to move more in tandem with each other. The two goals we scored were good goals and we deserved to win the game in the end I felt.”
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