Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes picks ‘man of the match’ after Wolves Premier League win
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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has dubbed Eric Bailly his man of the match following his side’s 1-0 win over Wolves on Tuesday. Marcus Rashford scored late to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team all three points. And it means they sit just two points behind Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table, with the Reds in action against Newcastle on Wednesday.
United had to dig deep to beat Wolves.
The hosts were frustrated for 93 long minutes but Rashford eventually broke the deadlock late on, with his deflected strike sailing past Rui Patricio and into the net.
United weren’t at their best against Wolves, something Solskjaer and Rashford admitted after the game.
Neither was Fernandes, despite the 26-year-old providing the assist for his team-mate’s dramatic late intervention.
And the Portugal international has dubbed Eric Bailly as his ‘man of the match’ with a comment on the Ivory Coast international’s Instagram page.
Bailly responded by saying ‘os quiero’ – which translates as ‘I love you’.
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Scott McTominay reacted to Bailly’s post with a clapping hands emoji and a love heart, with former Chelsea star Salomon Kalou also getting in on the act.
For Bailly it was a stellar night, with the United star showing his class at a time where the Red Devils are being linked with centre-backs from around the world.
RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano has been tipped to move to Old Trafford, having flourished in the Bundesliga over the past 18 months.
United have been credited with an interest in Lens defender Facundo Medina, who has stood out with his performances for the French side this term.
And David Alaba has also been linked, though it appears the Austria international is likelier to leave Bayern Munich for Real Madrid instead.
Meanwhile, former Arsenal star Lee Dixon thinks Solskjaer and his players are ‘learning the United way’ after their victory against Wolves.
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“The confidence is there for all to see, the way they have won the game late on,” he said on Amazon Prime.
“He is learning as a coach, learning the Man Utd way, his players are learning off him as well.
“There are so many teams clustered together so if you are in the top seven or eight you are in the race.
“If Liverpool can maintain their drive I don’t see anyone catching them, but it could go any way.’
Meanwhile, former United defender Phil Neville claimed United have the strength in depth to sustain a title challenge.
“The squad, if you look at the bench, shows they have the depth to maintain a title challenge with the amount of games they have got,” he said.
“I don’t see any player out there who are available that could come in and improve them [in January].”
Solskjaer said United’s win was ‘a bit flukey’ after the match.
“Bit lucky, bit flukey, but that’s what happens when you put teams under pressure,” the 47-year-old, who recently celebrated two years in the job, said.
“A reason behind we’re not at our best was because we were playing against a good side.
“Maybe they tired more than us towards the end. Maybe the extra day’s recovery helped us.”
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