Bruno Fernandes has told Manchester United what changes to make after their narrow win against Brighton in the Premier League.
United fell behind after Fernandes was adjudged to have fouled Tariq Lamptey in the area with Neal Maupay chipping the resulting penalty past David de Gea. An own goal from Lewis Dunk levelled the score heading into half-time.
United took the lead after the break thanks to a superb goal from Marcus Rashford and were fortunate to be ahead heading into injury time given Brighton had hit the woodwork five times. The Seagulls thought they had snatched a point when Solly March netted with just minutes remaining before Maupay was penalised for a handball seconds before the final whistle.
Fernandes stepped up to the mark after a VAR review and made no mistake from 12 yards, extending his incredible penalty record to give United a three much-needed points.
The Portuguese admitted United may have been fortunate to win and highlighted a number of areas they must improve ahead of their Carabao Cup clash against the same opposition next week.
“It was a difficult game. Brighton have a really good team,” Fernandes told BT Sport. “In the first-half, we gave them too much space to play. We were not as aggressive as I wanted. We gave away two goals. The penalty I can do much better, the second goal we need to do much better also.
“We made some mistakes but we needed to believe until the end. We created chances, okay it was a penalty but we don’t know whether when [Maguire] headed the ball, maybe it goes at goal without the handball. We have to do much better looking forward against Brighton again.”
Brighton broke a Premier League record with their efforts against the woodwork but Fernandes highlighted that luck is not always on your side.
The playmaker pointed to United’s games against FC Copenhagen and Sevilla as prime examples.
He added: “Brighton did very well today but maybe because we were not as aggressive as we wanted. We need to recover more balls, press better, we need to keep the ball better. They had a lot of chances – true. Maybe they deserved more but the point is to score goals, not hit the crossbar or the post. Sometimes it happens.
“In the games against Sevilla and Copenhagen, we had 40 shots but only scored twice from penalties. Sometimes you need luck. You need your defenders defending well and your goalkeeper. David [de Gea] did very well. We can do much better for the goals, everyone will agree and we’ll work on that.”