Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sensationally revealed to the BBC post-match that Bruno Fernandes stuck around after training to practice free-kicks yesterday.
The Portuguese superstar was duly rewarded for his extra work at the training ground today as he knocked rivals Liverpool out of the FA Cup with a free-kick in the 77th minute of the tie.
Fernandes’ strike was masterful, the Red Devils organised the set-piece in a manner that kept Liverpool and Alisson guessing, with the playmaker on hand to deliver the killer blow when the whistle blew.
The cherry on the top of their expertly-worked routine was a superb duck from the giant Harry Maguire in the wall, with that move producing the gap for Fernandes to exploit
Solskjaer admitted that Fernandes was practicing his free-kicks for around 45 minutes after yesterday’s training session, the star still went above and beyond in a match that he knew he wouldn’t be starting in and amid a hectic schedule of fixtures. That determination deserves all the credit.
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Solskjaer: “Bruno Fernandes stayed 45 minutes after training yesterday shooting free-kick.”
And how it paid off! #MUFC
— Shamoon Hafez (@ShamoonHafez) January 24, 2021
Solskjaer: ” I think he [Bruno Fernandes] stayed 45 minutes after training yesterday shooting free-kicks.”
Paid off! #MUFC
— United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) January 24, 2021
No one would’ve expected for today’s encounter between the heated rivals and title challengers to be so entertaining after they delivered a goalless draw in their league matchup last weekend.
Just when it looked as though we’d just about seen every facet of Fernandes’ world-class ability, the superstar proved that he’s also got what it takes to be a super-sub for the Red Devils.