United secure emphatic win against Brugge
Bruno Fernandes put on another impressive display as he helped Manchester United thrash Club Brugge 5-0 in their Europa League last-32 second-leg tie at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese international proved to be handful for the Belgian side and opened the scoring with a penalty in the 27th minute courtesy of a bizarre handball by Simon Deli.
Fernandes played a hand in three of Manchester United’s goals, including Odion Ighalo’s first for the club, against Brugge and has made a huge impact following his move from Sporting Lisbon.
And boss Ole Gunnar Solskjer heaped praise on both of his January signings, Ighalo and Fernandes.
“Bruno coming in obviously makes a big, big difference. You can see he’s got a hand in all the three first goals. What a pass, what a goal Odion’s goal was.
“I’m very happy with the contribution of Odion as well up front, doing what he does. He’s a target man, we can play up to him, he’ll hold it, he’s got Juan (Mata) and Bruno next to him and you’ve got runners then.
“I think as a fellow striker I know how important that first goal is. He’s been close a couple of times, you can see he sniffs goals. He wants to be there where it sometimes hurts. That goal, he’s sharp in his head. That’s a natural striker.”
Solskjaer’s side have now gone seven games unbeaten in all competitions and this is the first time that Manchester United have won a European game by a five-goal margin since November 2013.
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