Bruno Fernandes hailed the performances of Manchester United midfield teammates Fred and Nemanja Matic, as he also said he and Donny van de Beek know they are capable of playing alongside each other after lining up in back-to-back wins.
Fernandes found the net at St Mary’s to begin a dramatic comeback from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who won 3-2 after trailing 2-0.
Edinson Cavani stole the headlines for scoring two goals off the bench, after Fernandes’ strike to pull it back to 2-1. And speaking after the game, Fernandes had plenty of praise for Cavani.
“When you have strikers who move a lot, and they give you the chance to play balls for them, it is really good,” he told MUTV. “I think every striker we have gives us options. I don’t want to go on personally about Edi or another player because it’s not fair, but of course Edi has qualities, everyone knows that.
“For me, he’s one of those strikers that can smell the goal as you saw twice. He smelt the goal, you need to have this feeling to score these two goals. As I said some weeks and some months ago, Edi will help us and he is helping already.”
Fernandes then spoke about what Van de Beek has brought to United and the roles of Fred and Matic in midfield against Southampton. United’s decision to sign Van de Beek was questioned in some quarters earlier in the season.
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness was among those who said United were wrong to sign Van de Beek because they didn’t need another No.10 following the form of Fernandes during the second half of last season.
However, Fernandes is a big fan of his new teammate: “Every midfielder in our team has quality. Donny has a lot of quality. We know we can play together and also with other players we have in the team. Everyone has quality to play and we know each other.
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Manchester United secured a dramatic comeback victory at Southampton on Sunday, largely thanks to Edinson Cavani’s two goals off the bench.
Bruno Fernandes’ goal set Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on course to battle back from 2-0 at St Mary’s, giving United a third successive Premier League win.
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“We can play with three today then switch and play the next game with another three or another four. It doesn’t matter because all of them have quality and we can all be together on the pitch, and everyone can make a difference.
“Donny played a really good game but Fred and Nema were really important to us. They worked and they worked and they were two players who calmed down the game and moved the ball. In the second half, that was crucial, they recovered a lot of balls and they ran a lot.”