Man Utd star lauds ‘perfect’ Solskajer duo which brought newfound belief

Date published: Tuesday 2nd November 2021 4:23 - Dan Burnham

Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani hug during Tottenham vs Manchester United, October 2021

Bruno Fernandes has lauded his Manchester United team-mates Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani for their performances against Tottenham.

With his back up against the wall, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted for a change of formation at the weekend which featured the new partnership. Ronaldo and Cavani started alongside each other for the first time in a decision which proved to be a wise move.

The strike pair both netted in the 3-0 win. And Fernandes played a significant role in each of those goals.

Cavani’s finish to make it two to the good even saw all three attackers link up in a way which United fans will be eager to see more of.

On that goal, Fernandes told the United club website: “As I have said before, the belief with everything was perfect.

“In that moment, I trusted I could take the ball from the defender, I went with everything and recovered the ball and, after, I tried to pass the ball to Cristiano.

“It was a great pass from him and an amazing finish from Edi and we are really happy for Edi.

“He deserved his goal, he’s one of those players who gives everything on the pitch every time he plays. He’s always at the top level and I’m really happy for him.”

Cavani, 34, was making only his second start of the season for the Red Devils alongside 36 year old Ronaldo. And they proved age is just a number.


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Ronaldo’s opener was put on a plate for him by Fernandes. But his countryman asserted that the finish was better than the assist.

He added: “The ball is good, but obviously that finish was perfect. It was really difficult to finish on the first touch, with not much space to hit the target in the way he did.

“It’s always nice to see someone score and, obviously, I was really happy for my pass. But more happy for the goal because if the pass goes through and the striker doesn’t score, then it will never be a good pass.

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“So I’m really happy that he scored and we won the game, that’s the most important thing.”

Fernandes also spoke of his pride at being nominated for the Ballon d’Or. He and Ronaldo feature on the 30-man shortlist for the award.

“Of course, as a kid, you dream to be in the middle of the best,” he said.

“For me, being nominated for the Ballon d’Or, even if I know I will not win it, makes me feel really proud and for everyone who has been on this long journey [with me]. I’m just really happy for that.”

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