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Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford on Manchester Derby comeback win.

Updated: Jan 17, 2023

Manchester United midfield maestro Bruno Fernandes heaped praise on the Red Devils’ comeback win over rivals Manchester City on Saturday, adding that 'they now look like a team'.

City looked like they were going to close the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal when substitute Jack Grealish broke the deadlock with a close-range header three minutes after stepping onto the pitch.

But Erik Ten Hag’s United turned the game around in the 78th minute as Fernandes fired home from the edge of the box and moments later Marcus Rashford wrapped up the win when he met Alejandro Garnacho’s low cross at the Stretford End.

The victory over Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens moves United to within one point of City, who sit in the second spot, five points adrift of Arsenal at the summit.

There were 106 days between United's 6-3 defeat to City and Saturday's 2-1 win. Since then, the Red Devils have played 19 games - winning 16, drawing two and losing only one.

"It's always important to win a game,” Fernandes told BT Sport. “As the manager said it doesn’t matter who the opponents are. Amazing comeback.

"I said before the game we look like a team now. Some time ago sometimes each one of us was looking for ourselves. Now you see a proper team playing for each other."

He added: "Because I was facing the goal Marcus saw I was in a better position. I didn’t know if either of us were offside or not. The only one [defender] close was close to me."

When asked of his thoughts on being one point behind City, the 28-year-old replied: "That doesn’t matter for us. We have to look forward to the next game. If you don't keep winning they’ll go [City will go more points clear]. We’ll celebrate a big win but from tomorrow our focus has to be on the next game."

'The Manchester derby is a little special'

England forward Rashford added: "A little knock [in the first half]. In games like this, you have to try to push through. Thankfully, I did that.

"Scoring a goal and winning the game, that’s always the aim. This game is a little special.

"It’s a change of dynamics. I’ve said many times but options off the bench even when we’ve had injuries, players out of position, everyone is putting a shift in.

"Anything is possible. We’re very pleased to come back and win."

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