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Bruno Fernandes scored twice in Man Utd’s 3-0 win over Brighton host, in Round 32 of the Premier League on June 30.
Three points, three goals and 30 minutes of rest for Fernandes. All Man Utd wishes in this match are granted. Man Utd only had difficulty in the first 15 minutes, when Brighton quickly assembled and played fiercely. But the flash of 18-year-old striker Mason Greenwood makes “Reds” much easier to kick. When the homeowners no longer maintained their continuous pressure as they did early in the game, they quickly collapsed. Bruno Fernandes continued to be the star with a brace, in which the decisive goal came after a counterattack. Man Utd reclaim fifth place from Wolverhampton.
Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reused the team that had won Sheffield in the 31st round, with Anthony Martial playing centrally, right on Marcus Rashford, Greenwood and Fernandes. Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic took the middle. In the previous match, Martial scored a hat-trick and Rashford created two goals. This time, it was Greenwood and Fernandes’s turn to occupy the stage.
After the first 10 minutes of the game, the visitors created the first chance in the 12th minute. Pogba fed the ball to Fernandes and set his foot to the near corner, at a distance of 20 meters. The ball rolled and hit the vertical column. Man Utd do not have to wait long to open the score. Four minutes later, Greenwood took the ball from the right wing into the penalty area. He swung his foot, swung the ball to the left and then stretched and sank to the near corner. This processing phase has become a trademark of the 18-year-old striker. Goalkeeper Matthew Ryan leaned down to touch the ball, unable to save.
Man Utd more smoothly after opening the score. They quickly increased the gap in the 29th minute. Still the pogba ball for Fernandes from outside the box. This time the Portuguese midfielder aimed for the far corner, but the ball hit the Brighton player’s foot, changing direction to fly near the corner. Ryan missed and dropped to the ball but could not keep up.
The match then slowed down, but Man Utd still had the potential to explode. After accounting for most of the ball in the first half, the visitors gave a little bit to Brighton. Solskjaer’s army can still be rebuilt thanks to a counterattack.
Four minutes after the break, Man Utd countered sharply to set the score 3-0. Captain Harry Maguire cleared the ball with his head, to the foot of Matic. The Serbian midfielder controlled the ball and turned the ball in a random fashion for Greenwood to accelerate. Leading the ball down the left corridor, Greenwood crossed into the second column for Fernandes to strike into the cross corner of Brighton’s net. This counterattack reminds fans of the heyday of Man Utd more than 10 years ago, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Nani or Park Ji-sung.
Harry Kane is a type of player who can adapt to any team he wears. But this does not seem to suit the MU at the moment.
- High price
Tottenham president Daniel Levy has long been known as a tough negotiator. They will not sell Kane cheap to any team and especially MU, a direct competitor in England.
On the other hand, the financial crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic did not spare any club. CEO Ed Woodward personally announced that MU’s purchases this summer will not take place like the previous years, there will be no deals up to hundreds of millions of pounds.
- History of injury
Since last season, Kane has played only 48 of Tottenham’s 67 matches in the Premier League. All because of injury reasons. Since the beginning of 2019, Kane has had three injuries and has to take 1 to 2 months to recover.
Of these, 2 are due to Kane ankle injuries and 1 is in the thigh muscles. Spending 200 million pounds for an injury-sensitive star is what Woodward and his colleagues at MU are considering.
- Effect on salary fund
If Kane signs a contract with MU, he will surely receive the highest salary in the team. The manager at Old Trafford must have not forgotten the lesson of spending nearly £ 500,000 a week to recruit Alexis Sanchez and finally miserable when the Chilean player played badly.
David de Gea asked for a salary equivalent to Sanchez after his contributions to MU for many years. After many negotiations, the heads of MU also reduced this figure to 375 thousand pounds / week.
- The younger players are affected
The trio of MU strikers Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood have scored a total of 47 goals for them this season. In particular, Martial is the most frequently kicked, has made 16 goals and showed a clear improvement.
Solskjaer’s faith in the French striker paid off. Martial has a smart play style, good positioning and good possession. He became the first player since compatriot Eric Cantona to score in three consecutive Manchester derby.