Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed Bruno Fernandes after the 25-year-old’s goal rescued a point against Everton on Sunday. The Portugal international impressed at Goodison Park in just his sixth game for his new club.
Manchester United found themselves trailing Everton after just three minutes, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring a rather bizarre goal.
David De Gea’s kick upfield rebounded straight off the Toffees hitman but, fortunately for him, Fernandes stepped up to spare his blushes.
The Portugal international earned a point for United with a fine strike from distance that slipped under Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
And Solskjaer, speaking to BBC Sport after the match, praised Fernandes for his performance.
“He’s a good player and we have been missing that type of player to do that for us, I’m very pleased with his contribution,” he said.
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Solskjaer also admitted that a draw was probably the fair result, with neither United or Everton doing enough to win the game.
“It was a game of two halves – first half, we were excellent,” he added.
“But a very strange start, you shouldn’t be 1-0 down like that.
“After that we played fantastic football and we should have been leading at half time, we could have won it at the end. We defended all second half and pleased with a point.
“One point each, is what both teams deserve we had the first half and they had the second.”
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Everton thought they’d won the game at the death.
Calvert-Lewin’s strike took a deflection off Harry Maguire and trickled over the line, sparking wild celebrations at Goodison Park.
But, in the end, it was disallowed.
Gylfi Sigurdsson was deemed to have been interfering with play, sitting down and obstructing De Gea’s view at the same time.
And Solskjaer said of the late drama: “It was a lively end to the game – we thought we could and should have won it and then it was drama at the other end.
“David [De Gea] told me he gets distracted because he [Gylfi Sigurdsson] is there. His save to his right was fantastic – I was 100% sure that would be a goal.”
On De Gea’s early blunder, he said: “It’s something that happens in football once in a while if you take too long on the ball.
“Calvert-Lewin always chases everything and it’s unfortunate that it goes in the goal.
“We responded and got the goal we deserved.”
United now sit three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
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