Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth Manchester United goal of the season in the win over West Ham.
Ronaldo’s first half strike was a swift response to the home side’s deflected opener.
The recently returned United forward netted at his second attempt, after his initial effort was saved.
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker made a point of praising Bruno Fernandes for his cross into Ronaldo, describing it as ‘superb’.
As good as the pass was, it will not be recorded as an assist for Fernandes, despite Lineker’s description of it as such.
Ronaldo’s first effort was saved. If that had gone in, it would have been Fernandes’ assist.
But instead the ball came back off goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and Ronaldo tapped it in.
Fernandes and Ronaldo connection looks promising
This was not the eight key passes in 45 minutes performance Fernandes delivered at the London Stadium last season, but that kind of display was always going to be difficult to repeat.
Fernandes created three chances during the 90 minutes, the highest on the pitch other than Luke Shaw (5).
One of these passes was the set up for Ronaldo right after the second half began, after a West Ham error, only for the United striker to produce a rare miss.
This game continued to show the blossoming connection between the two.
Fernandes won’t get the credit for an assist for Ronaldo’s first goal, but the equaliser simply would not have been possible without him.
We saw Fernandes assist Ronaldo earlier this week in the Champions League game with Young Boys, with an exquisite pass.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of the duo, via the club website: “The two of them of course, have to work together. They’ve played together for Portugal for a little while but, for me, those are top players.”
There is a lot more to come from the both of them. Fernandes and Ronaldo are level on four goals each for the season for United, and both players will be looking to help each other easily surpass the 20 mark. What happens with penalties, remains a mystery…
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