Fernandes is United's Man of the Match again
Bruno Fernandes has been named Man of the Match after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park.
The Portuguese player netted the Reds’ equaliser from distance on Merseyside, capping off an excellent day individually, after he was earlier named our Player of the Month for February.
Bruno Fernandes’ game by numbers vs. Everton:— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) March 1, 2020
100% dribbles completed
72% pass accuracy
18 final third passes completed (most)
7 ball recoveries
5 tackles won (most)
6 shots (most)
Everything goes through him. 🙌🎩 pic.twitter.com/PKbJqBaWqz
Bruno won 73 per cent of your votes in our post-match poll on the Official App, making him the clear winner ahead of Harry Maguire (eight per cent), David De Gea and Nemanja Matic (both five per cent, all players were on the shortlist).
After the final whistle, our goalscorer gave his thoughts on the performance, saying United were impressive in the opening 45 but the home side fought back well after half-time.
“It was a difficult game and I think one point can be good, but three points would be better,” Fernandes said.
“We played a good game in the first half, in the second half we need to have more of the ball and not give it away.
“Maybe we didn’t play a lot in the second half like we wanted to do but Everton are a difficult team. They have really good players, they have quality.
“And so football is like this, sometimes what you want to do does not come out.”
After scoring penalties against Watford and Club Brugge, the 25-year-old netted his first open-play goal for United by driving home from 20 yards after picking the ball up in midfield.
Bruno was pleased to register for the third time in three games but a little disappointed not to have been able to contribute to a winning goal, when he and then Odion Ighalo were denied by Jordan Pickford in the closing stages.
“I’m happy that the ball goes in, it doesn’t matter how the ball goes in, importantly it’s a goal,” he added about his equaliser.
“I think we also created a lot of chances in the second half. In the last minutes we had some chances to score, especially the one with Ighalo. If we score there we would be talking about a different situation.
“Also, I had some shots outside the box and I can do much better. But obviously the game goes like this and now we need to focus on the game against Derby.”
Reading this in our app? If not, you might miss some exclusive features not found on ManUtd.com. Download the Official App here.