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Bruno Fernandes moment no one noticed vs Newcastle continued Man United trend



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Bruno Fernandes returned to action for Manchester United during their 3-2 win over Newcastle on Wednesday evening.

Fernandes, 29, had been injured for two games for the first time in his United career. Erik ten Hag’s side lost both fixtures and failed to score a goal in either of them.

The club captain’s return saw United win their final game of the season at Old Trafford and score three goals, with Fernandes assisting Rasmus Højlund for the third.

However, it was a moment from Bruno after Kobbie Mainoo opened the scoring which stood out. Mainoo was unsure whether he was onside when he tucked the ball into the back of the net.

Yet, Fernandes seemed to notice Kieran Trippier keeping his midfield partner onside and was quick to ensure that the 19-year-old celebrated his second Old Trafford goal properly.

United’s ‘access all areas’ footage showed Fernandes giving the teenager a friendly push towards the corner flag to celebrate and then giving him a slap to the back of the head for good measure.

He was also sighted singing along to Anthony Martial’s chant alongside the Frenchman in front of the Stretford End during Martial’s last visit to Old Trafford as a home player.

Fernandes acted similarly to Marcus Rashford beforehand when he pushed the English forward towards supporters after full-time of a game last season, when he had received the Man of the Match award.

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While these things seem somewhat insignificant, the club captain is acutely aware of the impact the supporting Reds can provide and wants to build off that. Erik ten Hag feels similar about the impact fans can have.

“I promise you that those players will give everything. Everything to end it good, to win the cup and bring it to Old Trafford,” he told the crowd after the win on Wednesday.

“And we are sure that you will be there, supporting us. Thank you for being the best supporters in the world. Thank you!”

Ahead of a cup final against Manchester City, it is fair to say that United will need the support of their fans to have a chance of lifting the FA Cup trophy.