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Liverpool and Man City icons disagree with Roy Keane over “brilliant” Man United star



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Former Liverpool player Danny Murphy and ex-Manchester City player have joined forces in praising Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes.

Though early this morning, a story broke of Roy Keane slamming Erik ten Hag’s captain for “not helping his team,” Fernandes would surely have proved the Irishman wrong by playing at his very best against Sheffield United on Wednesday night.

Making nine key passes for the second successive match, Fernandes would assist Rasmus Hojlund for United’s fourth and final goal in their 4-2 victory over the Blades.

Fernandes would also score two goals. The first was a penalty, whilst the second was an excellent outside-of-the-box strike on his weaker foot.

Analysing Fernandes‘ performance against Sheffield United on Wednesday night, both Murphy and Richards were blown away by the Portugal international’s efforts.

“All the chaos that surrounds Man United, I just think for a player to keep his composure and to perform at the level which is needed is fantastic,” Richards stated on Match of the Day.

“Sheffield United pushed them at times. But I just want to have a look at [Fernandes’] movement; when you’ve got a number ten playing in there, not many people want to run in behind. You see his confidence growing throughout the game.

“A pressure penalty, at 2-1. Can he finish? Of course, he can. And his all-round game was brilliant, whether he was coming really deep [or] getting in these little spaces [on the edge of the penalty area.]

“This is on his left foot [Fernandes’ second goal]. Absolutely exquisite finish, that really was. And [the assist for Hojlund] it’s the intelligence, the timing, running in behind, the awareness to pick the pass.

“Everything he’s been doing for United has been brilliant of late. He really is a proper player.”

Joining in on Richards’ praise, former Liverpool midfielder Murphy proceeded to heavily compliment Fernandes.

“His best quality, which all the top players have, is his bravery to continually try and create and make things happen when other people are hiding,” Murphy stated.

“He’s a wonderful technician. He shows up week in and week out. He’s done really well [for Man United.]”