Bruno Fernandes Did A ‘Ronaldo On Touchline’ During Manchester Derby

Portugal's Bruno Fernandes celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring their second goal.

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It is fair to say that Manchester United fans simply cannot have enough of Bruno Fernandes at the moment. After seasons of mostly mediocre showings at Old Trafford with even big-money stars pegging in only sporadic performances, a player of Fernandes’ calibre has truly turned things around.

As such, it is no shock that the Portuguese maestro commands an exceptional fan following. He has certainly put up the numbers to back him, with the statistic of 41 goal contributions in 42 appearances no small feat.

His latest burst of brilliance was in netting an early penalty during United’s 0-2 win over Manchester City on Sunday, firmly putting the Red Devils in the driving seat. Luke Shaw’s winner in the 50th minute did put the scoreline into a more comfortable position but there was no denying that the home side forced an excellent competition at the Etihad.

As such, fans were quick to spot how Fernandes behaved after he was subbed off.

Brought off the pitch only in the third minute of added time, the Portuguese star elected to not go directly to the seats to join his teammates.

The 26-year-old instead stood at the heels of Ole Gunnar Solskjær in a manner that was certainly assistant managerial in its scope, until the 7th minute of added time.

Fans took to Twitter to react to this, with many drawing comparisons to when Cristiano Ronaldo did the same in the past.

Several others also pointed out as to how the Portuguese star could certainly be a future United gaffer in the making.

In that regard, it is fair to say that perhaps the supporters may be getting ahead of themselves but given the sheer passion that the player displays on a regular basis, it is hard to chide them entirely either.