Premier League | Bruno Fernandes double inspires Manchester United masterclass

Bruno Fernandes boosted Manchester United’s bid to qualify for the Champions League as his brace impressed a formidable 3-Zero win at Brighton on Tuesday.

Cajoled by the dazzling Fernandes, United produced certainly one of their finest performances of the season on the Amex Stadium.

Mason Greenwood opened the scoring early within the first half and Fernandes doubled the lead earlier than the interval.

Fernandes netted once more after half-time with a high quality volley as United climbed above Wolves on aim distinction to take fifth place within the Premier League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect are two factors behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who play their sport in hand at West Ham on Wednesday.

With fifth place securing qualification for the Champions League if second-placed Manchester City’s European ban is upheld, United are in a powerful place to return to the continent’s elite membership competitors.

If they make it, United will owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Fernandes, who has scored six objectives since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in January.

The Portugal midfielder’s function in revitalising United can’t be understated.

They have been mired in a serious droop earlier than Fernandes’ signing, however are actually on a 15-game unbeaten run in all competitions, together with three successive wins.

United are additionally wanting extra stable on the again with eight clear sheets of their final 13 league matches.

With a run-in that features video games towards Bournemouth, Aston Villa and West Ham, Solskjaer’s males might get pleasure from a memorable conclusion to the marketing campaign as in addition they chase success within the FA Cup and Europa League.

Brighton had taken 4 factors from two video games because the restart, easing their relegation fears, however this defeat means they aren’t utterly protected but.

Complete management

Solskjaer made eight adjustments to the aspect that beat Norwich within the FA Cup on Saturday and his refreshed line-up turned on the model.

Harry Maguire led United’s cost with a protracted cross to Paul Pogba, who rolled it into the trail of Fernandes for a fierce drive that cannoned again off the publish.

Solskjaer this week warned United’s strikers they have to enhance in the event that they wish to keep within the workforce.

“If you think we won’t look for players to replace you, you’re in the wrong place,” he stated.

It was a message that Greenwood had clearly taken to coronary heart because the 18-year-old produced a high quality strike to open the scoring within the 16th minute.

Cutting in from the fitting, Greenwood froze Lewis Dunk with a nimble step-over and drilled a low shot previous Brighton keeper Mat Ryan at his close to publish.

Greenwood’s 13th aim of the season in all competitions was the sign for United to take full management.

Maguire nearly made it two with a header that looped narrowly extensive and within the 29th minute Brighton cracked once more.

Luke Shaw’s run unhinged the Albion defence and Pogba labored the ball again to Fernandes, whose shot deflected off Alexis Mac Allister and squirmed previous Ryan from the sting of the world.

There was frustration for Brighton as they claimed Shaw was offside and the ball had been taken out of play within the build-up to the aim.

Neither attraction was accepted and Fernandes was capable of have fun his newest essential contribution.

Fernandes wasn’t completed but and he put the sport out of Brighton’s attain on the climax of a swaggering United counter within the 50th minute.

Nemanja Matic’s cross-field cross despatched Greenwood sprinting away down the left and {the teenager} unfurled an ideal cross for Fernandes to volley previous Ryan from 12 yards.

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