Bruno Fernandes was determined not to be overshadowed by the arrival of teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
The attacking midfielder’s intent was clear in the first half as Newcastle tried their best to frustrate United.
Fernandes began a little frustratingly too, firing several efforts on goal and repeatedly missing the target.
He got his goal eventually and it was the pick of the bunch. After a break had faltered, Mason Greenwood played the ball back to Paul Pogba, who laid it onto Fernandes.
Fernandes hit the target this time, striking the ball into the top corner of the net. It was the pick of the bunch.
This was Fernandes’ fourth goal of the season, edging past Mason Greenwood as top scorer so far.
Yes, Fernandes can play with Ronaldo
A lot of the lazy punditry before the game questioned if Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo could play together.
This game proved they can, to devastating effect. Ronaldo scored twice upon his return, and Fernandes netted a third, before Jesse Lingard added a fourth.
This is a very exciting team, with Paul Pogba playing a key creative role in midfield, providing two assists.
While this game didn’t feature Fernandes and Ronaldo linking up with an assist-goal connection, that will come, several times over the course of the season.
This was a game which saw Fernandes show real personality to step up and not be overshadowed by his teammate, and he will be just fine.
This goal was Fernandes’ 44th for the club, while Ronaldo moves up to 120.
Here is a look at how United fans reacted to Bruno Fernandes’ performance…