Fernandes Scores Twice To Help Man Utd Overcome Sheffield Utd


Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's third goal with Kobbie Mainoo during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Sheffield United at Old Trafford on April 24, 2024 in Manchester, England. 

Manchester United’s captain Bruno Fernandes came to his club’s rescue with two goals in a 4-2 home victory over the Premier League’s bottom club Sheffield United on Wednesday, just when more trouble loomed for beleaguered manager Erik ten Hag.

Twice United trailed with Jayden Bogle and Ben Brereton Diaz both on target for the visitors but Fernandes helped avert another damaging result.

Fernandes levelled from the penalty spot in the 61st minute after a foul on Harry Maguire, scorer of United’s first equaliser.

Fernandes then smacked home a sizzling left-footed shot to edge his side in front before setting up Rasmus Højlund to finally subdue their battling opponents.

Reuters reports it was another far-from-convincing display from Ten Hag’s side, although victory moved United into sixth place to keep them in the hunt for a European qualifying spot.

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Time is nearly up for Sheffield United who have only 16 points from 34 games and could be relegated at the weekend.

United’s FA Cup semifinal win on penalties was dubbed embarrassing in some quarters after squandering a 3-0 lead against second-tier Coventry City and being spared defeat only by a controversially disallowed goal in extra time.

Ten Hag came out fighting this week, branding the criticism disgraceful, but the Dutchman appeared to be staring into the abyss as his side again conjured trouble of their own making.

They could and should have been well ahead as chances went begging and Sheffield United keeper Wes Foderingham pulled off several great saves, one from Diogo Dalot in the opening minute and another from teenager Kobbie Mainoo.

But United keeper André Onana then gifted the visitors the lead in the 35th minute with a dreadful pass out that was intercepted by Bogle who ran through to score.

United were level before half-time as Alejandro Garnacho, one of the shining lights in a poor season, whipped in a low cross that Maguire delicately glanced in with his head.

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