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Solskjaer Thrilled About Bruno's Man Utd Effect

Solskjaer Thrilled About Bruno's Man Utd Effect Photo: TT
Manchester United's Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes (C) celebrates scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise on January signing Bruno Fernandes’ impact as the Red Devils claimed another win in their bid to make the top four.

Manchester United won 3-0 away to Brighton on Tuesday night thanks to a double from Fernandes along with a first-half strike from emerging youngster Mason Greenwood.

The Portuguese, signed from Sporting Lisbon in January, volleyed expertly to finish off an excellent move started by a Nemanja Matic intercept before a precise pass from Greenwood for United’s third goal in the 50th minute.

Fernandes has now scored six goals in 13 appearances for United, including five strikes in the Premier League, helping the Red Devils go on a 15-game unbeaten run which has put them firmly in top four contention.

“I knew there was a leader there, a winner and we knew we needed that type of player,” Solskjaer said.

“Fair play and well done to the club for making the deal happen. It was hard because of course you (Sporting Lisbon) don’t want to sell your best player and he’s come in and been fantastic.

“His second goal was good defending on a set-play and we know we’ve got pace and we wanted to counter quickly.

“It was a great pass by Nemanja, a great cross from Mason and fantastically finished by Bruno so I’m very, very happy with all the goals.”

United moved back up to fifth with the victory, sitting two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea who take on struggling West Ham United on Wednesday.

Wolverhampton are sixth, level on points with Solskjaer’s side, while Tottenham are seventh but seven points back with a game against Sheffield United on Thursday in hand.

The Red Devils are in action again on Saturday at home to Bournemouth.

Ben somerford
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