Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes this evening aimed a less than subtle jibe at Brighton & Hove Albion, after the midfielder’s late, late penalty secured all 3 points for the Red Devils at the Amex.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men made the trip to East Sussex a short time ago, for their latest Premier League outing.
The Manchester giants of course headed into proceedings in search of a bounce-back result, after falling to a concerning 3-1 defeat in the club’s season opener versus Crystal Palace last weekend.
And, as outlined above, when all was said and done this afternoon, this is precisely what United managed.
To say that their 3-point haul proved deserved, though, would be a major stretch.
A frankly staggering game of football at the Amex eventually saw a last-minute spot-kick prove the difference between the sides.
After Solly March appeared to have bagged a thoroughly deserved share of the spoils for Brighton with a 95th-minute equaliser, Harry Maguire’s header at the other end was inexplicably handled by Neal Maupay in the hosts’ box.
Following a VAR check, a penalty was correctly awarded, with Bruno Fernandes having stepped up to slot away his ensuing effort with typical poise.
Highlights: Brighton 2-3 Man United
Fernandes rubs salt in the wounds
Whilst, in the end, Manchester United escaped with their first 3 points of the season this afternoon, on another day, Brighton could easily have netted 4 or 5 versus their heavyweight opponents.
Incredibly, Graham Potter’s men struck the woodwork on no less than 5 occasions at the Amex, 3 of which came courtesy of Leandro Trossard alone.
One individual who evidently isn’t feeling too sorry for the Seagulls in the aftermath of today’s clash, though, is Bruno Fernandes.
Speaking in a post-match interview, the match-winner was drawn on his side essentially getting away with one, with Fernandes having first been full of praise for Brighton:
‘Brighton did very well but maybe because we are not as aggressive as we want. We need to recover more balls, press better, lose less possession.’
‘Maybe they deserved more.’
The Portuguese international, though, also couldn’t help but aim a dig at today’s hosts, as he went on to explain:
‘The point is to score goals, not hit the bar. Sometime you have to have some luck.’
“We are not as aggressive as we want, we can do much better.”
“Sometimes you have to have some luck!”
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 26, 2020
As well as proving the deciding factor in today’s matchup, meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes’ spot-kick also saw the former Sporting man etch his name into the history books of the Premier League.
As revealed by statistician MisterChip, remarkably, Fernandes’ winner represented the first-ever in the Premier League to have come after the referee’s final whistle had blown:
TUIT PARA LA HISTORIA: es la primera vez que se anota un gol en la Premier League después de que el árbitro haya señalado el final del partido. https://t.co/6XhalUzCfw
— MisterChip (Alexis) (@2010MisterChip) September 26, 2020
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