Bruno Fernandes hailed Marcus Rashford’s influence during Manchester United’s 4-1 win at Newcastle.
Both players got on the scoresheet in the vital victory, which got United heading back in the right direction two weeks after the 6-1 defeat to Tottenham.
While Fernandes was widely considered to be United’s star man in the impressive performance at St James’ Park, the Portuguese playmaker felt Rashford was just as decisive.
He returned to a central striking role in the absence of Anthony Martial and laid on Fernandes’ goal with a perfectly timed pass before the midfielder returned the favour for Rashford to complete the scoring with the last action of the game.
Rashford also provided the assist for Aaron Wan-Bissaka to score his first United goal and he won a second-half penalty which Fernandes saw saved by Karl Darlow, but it was the assist he provided for the January signing to edge United in front that particularly impressed the former Sporting Lisbon man.
“I think it was a great goal, but I think Rashford deserved [a big part of it],” said Fernandes. “He did what we train. Overlapped for me, came inside, a little touch, gave me a great pass and left me alone with the goalkeeper to do the rest. He deserved credit.
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“After he did the same with Azza (Wan-Bissaka) and he deserved the goal at the end because he did a really good game out of his position.
“We have no Anthony, Edinson is not ready so Rashy did well. In the position he can do really, really well but it is not his position and he gave us a lot today. He deserved the goal at the end.”