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Fernandes names Mata among three Man United players he loves playing with

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Bruno Fernandes has admitted he loves playing with Juan Mata at Manchester United.

The United playmaker has been asked by the club’s official website about his link-up with the likes of Mata, Marcus Rashford and Donny van de Beek, which saw him score a stunning goal in the 4-1 win at Newcastle.

And Fernandes has explained that Mata’s quick-thinking is a huge boost for him when they’re on the pitch together.

Asked about the combinations for that goal at St James’ Park, Fernandes said: “I think it’s natural. Of course at the training ground you train all the time with them and you know each other and you know what is better for them and how they like to play.

“You say one name with whom I enjoy playing a lot and that is Juan. I think he is one of the smartest players, he knows what I want and how I want to play and he thinks really quickly.

“Sometimes the point is not being quick but thinking quickly and I think Juan is one of those kinds of players and I love playing with him.”


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Fernandes also lauded Rashford and Van de Beek, who were both integral in the win at Newcastle too.

“Of course, having Rashy in front is great,” he added. “The players we have playing in our attack are unbelievable. They are quick, they have qualities and they can score.

“As you saw in the last game it was a good pass from me but some players not as quick as Rashy might have had the defender take them, but Rashy did very well and his first touch was amazing to control the ball towards the goal.

“Also Donny, he’s come from Ajax. I had a coach before from Sporting [Marcel Kaiser], he was Donny’s coach too at Ajax and I know how they want to play and how they like to play – they like that little one-two, that connection and that, if we can say, ‘tiki-taka’ football and Donny is one of those guys from the beautiful Ajax football. They teach that growing up and they give a lot of good players to the world.

“I hope Donny can do a lot of things for us and I’m sure he will do. Of course though every player has to take time to get settled in the club and I think he is doing well, but he can do much better for us and he also wants to do much better.”

Fernandes is set to captain United in their Champions League contest with Paris Saint-Germain tonight, with Harry Maguire out injured.

He named former United player Angel di Maria among the danger-men that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s players must watch carefully at the Parc des Princes.

“Of course the attack of PSG is one of the worst to play against in the world because you know the quality they have,” he added.

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“Everyone knows them – [Angel] Di Maria played for United, most of the fans remember him and after you have the other two [Kylian Mbappe and Neymar] – they are two amazing players.

“You don’t need to say a lot of things about them but at the other end I think we also have, in our attack, a lot of young guys who can do really, really well and they can be really dangerous for PSG’s defence. I know in the world of football that the name of Mbappe and Neymar are more talked about than Rashford and Martial, but we will see in this game.”

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