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 When the homeowners no longer maintained their continuous pressure as they did early in the game, they quickly collapsed.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.