United Briefing: Why did Bruno push Fred?!
Amid the euphoria of seeing Fred slam the ball high into the net at Tottenham on Sunday, he was greeted by a friendly shove by team-mate Bruno Fernandes when celebrating the goal.
Our no.18 has spoken in the past about his wish to see Fred hit the net more often and the South American picked a good time to bag his first of the season as it started another memorable comeback for the Reds, en route to a superb 3-1 success in London.
It was Fred's second Premier League goal, after he netted against Wolves in September 2018, and his fourth in all competitions for the club.
“So [it was] because Fred normally never scores," laughed the Portugal international.
“So, when he scores, we have to do something different.
“It will be the next goal in one year because I think the last one he scored for us was against Club Brugge, one year ago almost or maybe more.
“We have to make something to remember that goal.”
“I was in the dining room with Fred and, on MUTV on the television, they were playing all Paul Scholes’s goals in a Manchester United shirt,” he revealed.
“We had eaten, but we just stayed there to watch all of the goals of his. And it was funny because I was talking to Fred, and I said to him: 'You see what Paul Scholes is doing, you need to be more closer to the goal because, if not, you will never score! And then, in that game, Fred scored twice!”
Bruno always cajoles and encourages his colleagues and both men could be involved when the Reds face Granada in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final on Thursday.
WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will address the media at 13:00 BST with his press conference previewing the big game at Old Trafford on Thursday night. He will be joined by one of the players to talk about the Granada clash, with United 2-0 up from the first leg in Spain.
Granada coach Diego Martinez will also do his briefing, later in the day.
Back in 1999, on this day, the last-ever FA Cup semi-final replay took place. And it was one of the greatest games in the history of the famous competition as Sir Alex Ferguson's 10 men defeated Arsenal after extra-time to keep our Treble dream alive.
WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY?
Luke Shaw was the latest star of one of our exclusive fans' Q&A sessions and had plenty to say on a wide variety of subjects, including being compared to Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos!
Our early team news story rounded up the latest from both camps ahead of Thursday's 20:00 BST kick-off, with three Reds out through suspension.