Bruno Fernandes scored his first Manchester United goal on Sunday against Watford.
It came from the penalty spot after Ben Foster felled the star in the box after he latched onto a Dan James pass.
Fernandes made what should have been a routine penalty look highlight worthy, dummying Foster with his eyes and stroking the ball into the opposite corner to the goalkeeper’s dive.
United’s new number 18 was making just his fourth appearance and third start. He now has one goal and two assists already for the Red Devils.
He sent a message on social media after the game expressing his excitement about getting onto the scoresheet for his new club for the first time.
Fernandes was a regular goalscorer for Sporting and hopefully will become one for United too.
The longer he waited for his first goal would have played on his mind, so its important for the United new boy to get off the mark early in his career at the club, and to do it at Old Trafford was important too.
Fernandes is already a popular player at United and Sporting still have fond feelings for him, congratulating the star on opening his account.
Fernandes spoke in more detail to the club website after the match, which lifted United up into fifth place.
He said: “It feels so good. For me, it’s another dream come true. These last few weeks have been amazing for me and the team.
“I feel happy. My family arrived on Friday, they arrived just in time to see me score.”
A joyful Fernandes is a big positive for United. He is already looking like a key player.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had praise for the star, commenting via the club website: “He’s a footballer. He loves playing football, he wants the ball, he’s got the personality and character to demand it all the time, wanting to take the penalty.
“He takes it the way he does it to show he is a Man United character – not just a very, very good footballer.”
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