Manchester United playmaker Bruno Fernandes pulled off two moments of brilliance in as many seconds in the closing stages of their 1-0 victory away to Leicester City.
Fernandes has captained United for the past three matches – three victories in a row – with the club captain Harry Maguire demoted to the bench, with new boss Erik ten Hag instead opting to play Raphael Varane and summer signing Lisandro Martinez in the centre of defence.
It’s still a work in progress for Ten Hag’s Red Devils. They outclassed a flat-looking Leicester side at the King Power but will have been disappointed not to kill off the game earlier – something that might have cost them two points.
Leicester currently find themselves bottom of the Premier League after losing each of their last four matches. United, meanwhile, have bounced back from their disastrous start and now find themselves fifth, above Liverpool and Chelsea.
Jadon Sancho scored the match-winning goal after an incisive move in the opening stages of the first half.
“It was a great team goal and I am happy to get the three points for the team,” Sancho told BT Sport after the match.
“I have gotten to know the players a lot more after missing pre-season last year and I am really happy to score.
“We hoped to start the season with two wins but that woke us up and I am happy to get the third win today.”
Alongside the goal, another of the highlights came midway through the first half when United broke Leicester’s press with a superb passing move that was reminiscent of the beautiful flowing football produced by Ten Hag’s Ajax side.
Another eye-catching moment came via an individual moment of class from Fernandes. The Portugal international sent Leicester left-back Luke Thomas for a hotdog before playing a perfectly weighted crossfield ball out to the opposite wing.
3 wins out of 3 for Manchester United when Bruno Fernandes has been the captain.
This clip is on repeat 🔂 https://t.co/5x4S7tfxEK
— Brunö Fernansh (@BrunoFernanshh) September 1, 2022