Bruno Fernandes was Manchester United’s star man in yet another match, as the Red Devils put one foot in the Europa League round of 16 with a dominating 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad.
In the absence of Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial, the Portuguese essentially starred as a centre forward in Turin, while the trio of Marcus Rashford, Daniel James, and Mason Greenwood switched flanks and revolved around the 26-year-old.
Staying true to his advance role, Fernandes scored twice. He pounced on the mix-up between Real Sociedad defenders for his first goal. In the second-half, he completed his brace by fooling La Real’s defenders with a dummy to link up with James before a comfortable finish past Remiro.
The La Liga outfit were seen as the toughest team United could possibly have drawn in the Europa League round of 32, but the Portuguese ‘magnifico’ made the whole outing look like a stroll in the park.
The Portuguese midfielder would be disappointed to not bag a hat-trick tonight, and might look to amend the same when Real Sociedad visit Old Trafford.
However, considering their 4-0 first-leg advantage, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – in all likelihood – may not start Fernandes. To be fair, the United manager should contemplate resting his talisman for majority of Europa League matches, as he’s clearly too good for Europe’s second-tier competition.