Bruno Fernandes displayed few signs of ring rust during his first appearance of Manchester United’s pre-season campaign, scoring a stunning free-kick as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ran riot during the first half against Everton.
United begin their quest for the Premier League title in a week’s time against Leeds at Old Trafford and appear to be in rude health if the opening 45 minutes against the Toffees were anything to by.
Boosted by the return of two of England’s standout players at Euro 2020, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, United roared into a two-goal lead, although the first owed much to an error from Jordan Pickford.
The Three Lions No.1 performed admirably during the summer but he was badly at fault for Mason Greenwood’s opener, spilling Lucas Digne’s headed backpass and providing the United forward with a routine finish.
Pickford had little chance moments later when Maguire met Shaw’s corner with a thumping header and the former Sunderland goalkeeper was left clawing at thin air again when Fernandes curled home a beauty from 25 yards.
Bruno Fernandes’ 🇵🇹 free kick from the stands. 🎯 pic.twitter.com/Jo4OSJDQtC
— EPL Bible (@EPLBible) August 7, 2021
The Portugal international’s form tailed off towards the end of last season and he endured a difficult European Championships with Portugal, during which he was relegated to the substitutes’ bench.
United’s hopes of mounting a credible Premier League title challenge will, in part, hinge on Fernandes rediscovering his best form and he hit the ground running in front of 55,000 home fans at Old Trafford.
The home support was not alone in toasting Fernandes’ dead-ball prowess, with Jadon Sancho tweeting his appreciation moments after his new teammate located the top corner.
— Jadon Sancho (@Sanchooo10) August 7, 2021
The new signing from Borussia Dortmund only returned to pre-season training earlier this week but, along with the incoming Raphael Varane, could be in contention to feature against Leeds.
Source – MbareTimes.com