Manchester United need one point from the remaining two Champions League games to secure progression to the knock-out stages following a 4-1 win this evening over Istanbul Basaksehir. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went for an attacking line-up and we reaped the benefits of that, going in 3-0 up at half-time.
Bruno Fernandes claimed the first two goals, scoring a screamer and then a tap in, before Marcus Rashford won a penalty. Fernandes, the designated penalty taker, initially stood over the ball but then gave it to Rashford, meaning he wouldn’t get his hattrick.
At the weekend, having seen his penalty against West Brom initially saved after Sam Johnstone jumped off his line, only to put away the retake, Fernandes has explained that he said to Rashford then that he could have the next one.
Every players wants a hat-trick but after the game in the Premier League I told Rashy the next one he will take. He is one of the top scorers in the Champions League I think it will be important for him to keep going there and taking that confidence. It doesn’t matter who takes the penalty, the most important thing is scoring. The team scored, so when the team scores, I score too.
Fernandes was pleased with the way the team played and was happy with his first goal, insisting he’s always ready on the edge of the box to do whatever is required for the team.
I think we played really well. We started the game with the right mentality. We were stronger and intense. I think the first half was really important to get the three points today. It was a really good goal. You need to be ready when outside the box for this kind of situation or sometime to stop the counter. Sometimes it’s to shoot, maybe next time I need to do a foul and take a yellow card!