Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Bruno Fernandes following Manchester United’s demolition of Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday in the Champions League group H.
The Norwegian boss has effortlessly expressed his admiration for his star midfielder, saying “there’s more to Fernandes than penalties” after the player’s crucial role in the win against Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Portuguese international enjoyed a fine individual performance where he bagged a scintillating brace and inspired Man Utd to a 4-1 win in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Bruno helped United to maintain control of Group H with his brace ahead of the return fixture at home to Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.
The Portuguese midfielder started the game in strong fashion and managed to score two goals in the opening 19 minutes, including a mesmerizing half volley.
Solskjaer: “There’s more to Fernandes than penalties”
The Man Utd ace has now been directly involved in 34 goals in just 35 appearances in a United shirt (21 goals and 13 assists) since he made his debut in February.
That is exactly 16 more goal contributions than any other player at Old Trafford within this period
12 out of Fernandes’ goals have come from the penalty spot in all competitions, and Solskjaer has confirmed there’s more to Fernandes than penalties.
When asked if Fernandes has continued to surprise him, Solskjaer said: “Not really, no”, during the post-match news conference.
Solskjaer also addressed other questions, especially with reporters trying to find out his reaction to Daniel James’s goal which made him the first Welshman to score for United in the Champions League since Ryan Giggs in 2011.
“Of course, we see him every day in training. We knew what we were going to get when we got Bruno to the team.
“He’s a player who likes to take risks. He likes to create chances. He likes to score goals. He’s a winner. He wants his team to win.
“He wants the team to do well. And I think it showed today that he can do more than just take penalties.”
When asked if he feels the Portuguese international needed a rest, Solskjaer said: “You take him off. Of course I was thinking at half-time to maybe take a couple more players off, but you don’t want to give the impression that we can just relax and the game is – we don’t take the second half seriously.
“Bruno is very important for us, if the game is won at half-time or at 60 [minutes] then it’s easy to rest him.”
Bruno also passed up an opportunity to complete his hat-trick after allowing Marcus Rashford to convert a 35th-minute penalty.
United new boys Cavani and Donny van de Beek also enjoyed fine performances for United in Old Trafford last night to help Solskjaer gain a sweet revenge over Istanbul Basaksehir after losing 2-1 in the reverse fixture.
But it was Donny who enjoyed a better game performance in the absence of Pogba, and garnered a solid 87.5 percent passing accuracy and won three duels.
“Edinson and Donny did really well, both of them,” Solskjaer said. “Of course, I thought the whole team played really well. We found our positions and the tempo on the ball was really good.
“So, we deserved the win, of course, after that first half. The second half was a little bit – it’s always different and more difficult to keep the tempo up when you’re winning 3-0. And like I said earlier, there’s more to Fernandes than penalties.”
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