MANCHESTER UNITED fans might have been blessed with the return of the great Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford on Saturday, but another Portuguese magician had them salivating too.
Bruno Fernandes pulled off a sublime piece of skill to pluck a high ball from the sky and beat Ciaran Clark as the Red Devils swept past Newcastle 4-1.
The touch was hailed as “world class” by United fans, who were quick to praise the 27-year-old midfielder’s fancy footwork.
User ThCharlesPrince was left stunned as he claimed: “This man is sick. Very sick…”
SWajAli hailed Fernandes as United’s “resident maestro” while Everestohika declared “Bruno Fernandes is a nightmare to all epl defenders”.
One user ‘RedWoody91’ joked “But he only does penalties?” after jibes all Fernandes is good for is scoring from the spot.
Ian_wafula2 reflected fondly on Fernandes as “our magical son” while another BChuder labelled him the “hero” alongside Ronaldo as the “king”.
User jisanahamed_jij even speculated Fernandes is in line to claim the Ballon d’Or if he sustains his current form.
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Fernandes capped off a fine performance with a goal from range to join countryman Ronaldo and England’s Jesse Lingard on the scoresheet as United showed off their embarrassment of attacking riches.
Such is the improvement in United’s attacking threat that wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba is now thought to be keen to stay at the club next summer.
Pogba has been the subject of transfer speculation, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain known to be long-term suitors of the France midfielder.
But with Ronaldo joining the likes of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in arriving at old Trafford this season, United are expected to make a serious challenge for the Premier League title.
No wonder United fans are excited, with user whythisthought tweeting simply: “Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane all play for my club. What a time.”
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