Bruno Fernandes has agreed with Roy Keane’s assessment of Manchester United’s unsung heroes during the 3-0 victory over Everton.
With Erik ten Hag watching along from the stands due to his touchline ban, Manchester United convincingly defeated Everton in a 3-0 win at Goodison Park on Sunday evening, with goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial following a goal of the season contender finish from Alejandro Garnacho.
It was a performance that many see as a potentially catalytic win from the Reds, with Ten Hag’s side top of the form table and gearing up for a set of crucial games across December and the turn of the new year.
Bruno Fernandes, current club captain, believes that the performance was a fantastic one, especially for those in defence during the tie.
“I don’t know. I think was a great performance from many players,” Fernandes told reporters when asked for his player of the match against Everton. “I think at the back I would give to any of them – the five at the back with André (Onana) included.
“Kobbie (Mainoo) did a great performance also I think for such a young player. The position he played, the quality put on the game, how brave he was to play on the ball against a team that is really strong and pressing-wise are really, really good. He was amazing on the ball and he gave us so much.
Roy Keane, however, focused more on the attacking players, stating that the second-half performance from Martial and Rashford alongside hailed hero Garnacho was a positive one.
“You needed a bit more in terms of hold-up play, stretching them and that’s exactly what they’ve done (in the second half). That’s what you need from your attacking players, people like Rashford, Martial, Garnacho.
“They get the big money, they have to turn up and produce goals. Man United this season defensively, for all their problems, haven’t been conceding a crazy amount of goals.
“Going forward has been their big problem. Today, when you get players taking chances, it’ll be a relief to the attacking players that they put the ball in the back of the net and it gives the whole club a lift.”
Fernandes, similar to Keane, thought that both Rashford and Martial played important roles in the victory.
“I think Antho up front was important for us,” he said. “Sometimes you don’t see the work he does on holding the ball, making the runs for creating spaces for others and I think Marcus even more after the goal was unstoppable.
“He gave us so much when he got into the final third – get the team to breathe, get some corners, fouls and everything.”
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