Manchester United youngster Alvaro Fernandez provided an impressive assist to put loan side Preston on the way to victory over Steve Bruce’s West Brom.

Fernandez curled a tempting cross into the path of forward Emil Riis, who struck it first time into the back of the net.

Preston’s live commentary described the pass as ‘a superb cross’, and he almost helped double the lead minute later when another chance he created was wasted as Preston teammate Sean Maguire shot wide.

Alvaro Fernandez provides assist to kickstart his season

Fernandez, 19, had two assists prior to this game for Preston which came in a EFL Cup game in early August, before he suffered an injury.

Now fit again, he has reclaimed the starting spot at left wing-back to start the month. This was his eight Championship appearance, although only three have been starts.

He has started the last two matches now, also helping to keep a clean sheet at the weekend against Amad’s Sunderland.

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Fernandez’s assist follows United teammate Ethan Laird supplying the winning goal for QPR away at Sheffield United 24 hours earlier.

The two young full-backs are United’s most promising prospects out on loan at the moment, and the club will be looking for them both to maintain their strong starts.

There is a chance for both players to make an impact back at United next season if Erik ten Hag is impressed, and Laird in particular could give the club reason to pause on signing another right-back.

Fernandez won United’s young player of the year award last season, and he needed this assist to kickstart his season after his earlier injury.

The Spaniard’s assist in the 1-0 win came in front of a watching Roy Keane, with the legendary United captain a spectator at Deepdale.

Preston have struggled to score goals this season, this was just their fourth strike in the league, although remarkably they have only conceded four too, across 12 matches.

Having a game changing player like Fernandez creating chances is clearly a big asset for them, and he certainly did well enough to retain his place for this weekend’s big match against second placed Norwich.

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