Bruno Fernandes: Manchester United showed character to bounce back

Ruben Hill
October 19, 2020

Substitute Donny Van De Beek picked up the ball inside his own half after Jonjo Shelvey's free-kick had been cleared and launched a slick counter-attack at the end of which Fernandes produced the most deft of finishes after running on to Marcus Rashford's back-heeled pass.

However, speaking after the match, Solskajer sought to give an insight into his selection, insisting he can only pick 11 players in a match. We play for such a big team.

"I think the boys showed great resilience, great reaction after the last game but also after conceding the first goal after a minute or so which made it even more hard for them", he said. Juan has definitely done so. He is so professional and everyone in the team knows his qualities.

"Dan's strength, you know, is his incredible speed". Today, I thought he showed productivity and trusted himself.

'[We were so happy] because we didn't know he can shoot!' the midfielder told MUTV. He's been away with Wales and missed a few games for us with a bad cold.

It had been a long fortnight for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players after their humiliation by Spurs at Old Trafford and, although they took their time to secure a 4-1 win on Tyneside, they eventually did so in convincing style to exorcise the ghost of a terrible 90 minutes.

It seems as though Solskjaer is easing Van de Beek into Manchester United's starting XI but there seems little reason to hold him back anymore.

Chadwick also hailed Rashford and Maguire, adding: "I thought the team selection was very courageous from Solskjaer, keeping out Paul Pogba, starting Scott McTominay - he was excellent in that position, showed great energy and it was certainly a reaction that the manager will have been absolutely delighted with". "He's in the group and training and is always neat and tidy". He had an impact. But it's about finding the balance in the team.

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