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Manchester United news: Bruno Fernandes raves over Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League final performance



Bruno Fernandes has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo (Picture: Getty)

Bruno Fernandes has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo and says the Juventus star played a huge part in one of the ‘most important games in the history’ of Manchester United.

The Portuguese playmaker joined United from Sporting Lisbon in January, mirroring the move that Ronaldo made in 2003.

Fernandes has made a fantastic start at Old Trafford and cited Ronaldo’s success at the Theatre of Dreams as part of his decision to join United, when he had offers from elsewhere.

The 25-year-old is an international team-mate of the Juventus forward and Fernandes heaped praised on Ronaldo for his success with the club during his six-year stay at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo scored his 42nd goal of the season against Chelsea in the final (Picture: Getty)

Asked which game in the club’s history that the website should look back on, Fernandes told ‘I think from history I have maybe one game – the Champions League final [2008] when Cristiano [Ronaldo] scores with the header.

‘After this, he misses a penalty, I think it’s the same one right, against Chelsea. This one. I think it was a great final and for Cristiano it was one of the best games yet. Because he scored an amazing goal with a header. He doesn’t jump, he flies.

‘After this, he missed the penalty but at the end United won the Champions League and at the end we see him crying on the ground because he won the Champions League. It was one of the most important games in the history of Manchester United.’

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Fernandes has made a fast start to life at the club, scoring four goals.

The Portuguese playmaker scored his first goal for the club in a 3-0 win against Watford in February and he says he would also like to go over that match again, as it was an important one for him personally.

‘The game I would like to watch would be the game where I scored my first goal, against Watford, because I want to feel – not exactly how I would feel in the game – but I can feel the game,’ said Fernandes.

‘I can feel the atmosphere and everything when I score. I can have the motivation to keep training and keep the focus on the return of the game.’

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Man Utd news: Bruno Fernandes sends message to Paul Pogba after first training session together



Bruno Fernandes was clearly overjoyed with linking up with Paul Pogba for the first time (Picture: Getty)

It’s been a long time coming for Manchester United fans but supporters finally got the chance to see Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in action together this week.

Fernandes, 25, has revived United’s season since his £47million arrival from Sporting Lisbon in January and the Red Devils were on a 11-match unbeaten run before the pandemic brought an abrupt halt to the season.

If there’s a silver lining to the suspension of the campaign for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. it’s that the Norwegian will have Pogba and Marcus Rashford to call upon once the season resumes.

Pogba has made just two appearances for United since September and Fernandes’ arrival went a long way to filling the gap left by the Frenchman in midfield.

However, United fans have had to be patient to see the two in action together.

Thankfully for them, that wait came to an end on Tuesday as Fernandes and Pogba were paired together in a group of five for a training session at Carrington for the first time.

The thought of Fernandes and Pogba together in the same midfield has certainly given supporters reason to be optimistic for the future and it looks like the two players have hit it off immediately.

Fernandes took to his Instagram after the training session and though he was in a series of photos captured by the club’s official photographers, he uploaded just one to his social media of himself and Pogba.

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The Portuguese tagged Pogba in the post and simply captioned it ‘PP’, which is the Frenchman’s official brand name.

United hope to resume full training in the next week as the Premier League hope to be given a concrete date for the resumption of the season.

The Premier League had been targeting a restart date of June 12th but it could be pushed back as it’s dependent on the rate of death and new cases in the UK continuing to trend down.

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Manchester United fans go into meltdown as Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba finally link up in training



Manchester United fans have been waiting for Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to link up (Picture: Man Utd)

Bruno Fernandes’ arrival in January gave Manchester United fans a much needed boost and the Portuguese playmaker has played a crucial part in reviving the club’s season.

Back-to-back defeats to Liverpool and Burnley in January increased the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it looked like the writing was on the wall with the sight of thousands of fans streaming out of Old Trafford with the side 2-0 down against the Clarets.

But Fernandes’ £48m arrival from Sporting Lisbon helped to rescue United’s season as the playmaker raised the performance level of his team-mates, while also scoring four goals of his own in ten appearances.

Pogba and Fernandes in training (Picture: Manutd)

Fernandes’ displays have given United supporters reason to be cheerful but the long injury absence of Paul Pogba has robbed fans of the chance to see their dream midfield in action.

Though supporters are likely to have to wait at least another few weeks before seeing the pair in action, photos from today’s training session of Fenandes and Pogba together was enough to whet the appetite for fans.

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Bruno Fernandes practises free-kicks with Man Utd teammate Diogo Dalot in extra sessions



Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot are gearing up for Manchester United’s Premier League restart (RHEliteCoaching/Getty)

Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot are working together in extra training sessions as Manchester United’s players step up their preparations for the Premier League’s return.

With the Premier League aiming to return on June 20, United’s players returned to Carrington this week for the first time in over two months since the coronavirus lockdown.

United’s players trained at staggered times in small groups at Carrington and observed social distancing throughout their sessions.

But Fernandes and Dalot are keen to hit the ground running when the Premier League gets back under way and both players have teamed up with RH Elite Coaching in Manchester to take part in extra sessions to improve their sharpness.

In one video, Fernandes and Dalot exchange short passes with their coaches before the £67.7 million January signing took a shot at goal.

In another clip, Fernandes was filmed practising his free-kicks and penalties, which included his run-up that ended with a hop before he struck the ball.

Since arriving at United, Fernandes has made an immediate impact with three goals and four assists in nine appearances.

Dalot, meanwhile, has made just 10 appearances for United this season as his campaign has been heavily disrupted due to injury.

Once the Premier League gets back under way, Fernandes could be lining up alongside Paul Pogba and the Portugal international admits he is relishing the prospect.

‘I know Paul from Juve, because I played against him in Italy. And believe me, it’s really hard to play against Paul,’ Fernandes said in a Q&A with United last month.

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‘Because I play in midfield, I mark him. We play in the same line, so it’s really difficult to play against Paul, because he has power, he has technique.

‘It’s difficult to find a player like Paul: big, strong and technical. It’s difficult to find a player like this, and he has a lot of qualities. I hope he comes [back] soon.’

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