Bruno Fernandes opponent details what it’s like to face Man Utd man

Date published: Wednesday 1st April 2020 4:38

Watford’s Craig Cathcart has opened up on what makes Manchester United new boy Bruno Fernandes so different.

Centre-back Cathcart recently lined up against United’s new arrival from Sporting Lisbon and he was mightily impressed with the midfielder who could end up costing United £67m.

United eased to a 3-0 win at Vicarage Road at the end of February with Fernandes opening the scoring from the penalty spot after he was fouled down in the box.

The Portugal international then Fernandes laid on the second for Anthony Martial before Mason Greenwood capped the win on 75 minutes.

Northern Ireland centre-back Cathcart, 31, who started his career at Old Trafford admitted that Fernandes has “brought that bit of quality”.

Cathcart told the Manchester Evening News: “I think we were all very impressed.

“The thing that impressed me most was that he always looks forward. He always gets the ball and his first thought is to pass forward and create chances, which maybe they [United] were missing before.

“He’s brought that bit of quality and cutting edge to the final third and since he’s come in their performances have been much better, from what I’ve seen.”




Former United keeper Ben Foster was the man who brought down Fernandes for the penalty and he was surprised by his speed.

Speaking to Watford’s official website, Foster said that he did not expect to be beaten to the ball by his opponent.

“I’d say the first goal was a mistake from me, I should have held back really. I just thought I could get there, but he was really quick and got there first,” the 36-year-old said.

“The second half was disappointing, and we didn’t recover from the disallowed goal. We thought we’d got back into it, but it wasn’t to be, and we let our heads drop.”

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