Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-2 in what was a Premier League first-class show at Old Trafford.
Man Utd 3-2 Arsenal
The English top-flight match had almost everything a neutral fan could hope for with controversy and goals.
Portugal international Bruno Fernandez was pleased with how Manchester United toppled Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday night.
The Red Devils’ 3-2 victory over the Gunners was Michael Carrick's final game as interim boss, with Ralf Rangnick watching on from the stands and clearly seeing that this current United side need serious coaching.
United started slowly as the north London club got three corners inside the opening 90 seconds and they continued mounting pressure and eventually got their reward through Emile Smith Rowe, who fired the ball with his left foot into the net as keeper David de Gea laid down injured.
Following a VAR review, the replayed clip showed Brazil midfielder Fred stood on the Spanish goalkeeper’s feet but the goal had to be given because referee Martin Atkinson did not blow the whistle until the ball went into the net.
Who was to blame for this? De Gea? the referee or the Gunners? I’ll let you answer this.
However, the situation woke the Reds from their slumber as they turned up the heat and started playing, creating chances and mounting pressure.
Then, Bruno Fernandes cancelled out the opener as he found the net just before half-time after a well-worked build-up. It was the midfield maestro’s first goal in 15 games.
Early in the second United continued from where they left off as Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fifth league of the campaign as he finished off Marcus Rashford’s low cross to make it 2-1.
Mikel Arteta’s boys replied quickly through Martin Odegaard, who equalised just two and a half minutes later.
The Norway international quickly turned from hero to villain when he tackled Fred in the 18-yard box. Referee Mark Atkinson didn’t think it was a penalty as the game continued but moments later the Ref was told by the VAR crew and he signalled a penalty, which Ronaldo stepped up to take as he registered a brace - his second of the game and his 801 career goal.
'Now is a new beginning.'
Following the game, goalscorer Fernandes told Amazon: "Every win is important. It's been hard for us. Today we got a great win. We can be satisfied because we beat Arsenal. The next game is coming quick so we have to be ready."
On whether Arsenal's opener should have been disallowed, Bruno said: "I don't know. Normally when the keeper goes down we should stop the game but mistakes happen. Players make mistakes. I don't know if it is from the referee. If that is a mistake from the referee, that can happen."
On Cristiano Ronaldo, who continues to answer his critics, he replied: "Incredible. We all know he is improving game by game, year by year. He wants to keep being the best and that's what he did. He knows how to self-motivate."
Quizzed about Michael Carrick, Fernandes asserted: "He can be a really top manager in the future if he gets the chance. He knows how to speak, he knows a lot about football."
On new interim boss Ralf Rangnick, he said: "I think he'll come tomorrow. Now is a new beginning and a new start. Every game is a new beginning and a new start."