Manchester United produced an all round performance against Club Brugge to progress to the Europa League last 16.
United were 3-0 up by half-time and had tie won and were able to take players off early with a view to the game against Everton at the weekend.
On a pleasing night for United there were a few players who really stood out. Here is a look at the three best performers…
Bruno Fernandes looks better with every game and tonight was no different. He was the key as United led an attacking charge in the opening 20 minutes.
He scored the opener from the penalty spot after a four-minute delay due to a VAR check. He was ice cool from 12 yards to send Simon Mignolet the wrong way.
Fernandes’ quick feet helped set up the second as he found Juan Mata in space out wide, who crossed for Odion Ighalo to score.
Wisely he was taken off in the 64th minute with the game already won, to be saved for the weekend.
During this time he had 75 touches, three shots on targets and created three goalscoring chances.
Mata has had a mixed season and this was one of his best games so far.
He looked happy to be linking up with Fernandes, a player on the same wavelength.
Mata had an early shot on target to signal United’s intentions and provided the assist for Ighalo’s goal.
Mata created six chances in the win, which speaks for itself.
There could be a real partnership blossoming between Mata and Fernandes and we expect to see a lot more of the Spaniard in the coming matches.
Scott McTominay may have scored the goal on his return to the starting line up but it was after terrific work from Fred.
As usual the Brazilian was tireless, playing all 90 minutes, pressing without possession and constantly probing Club Brugges’ midfield and defence.
He touched the ball 113 times, more than any player on the pitch.
Finally he then went on and scored himself, after being presented with an easy chance by Jesse Lingard late on.
This was Fred’s first goal since 2018 and a richly deserved one. And then of course, he went and added another, with a superb shot from just outside the penalty area in stoppage time. It was worth the wait.
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