GOODISON PARK – Bruno Fernandes first brace guided Manchester United to a 3-1 victory over Everton in the English Premier League on Saturday, easing some of the pressure off under fire manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The poor result today makes it three defeats on the spin for Everton after their impressive start to the season.
Manchester United Come From Behind
The Toffees jumped out to the early lead at Goodison Park when Bernard fired them ahead after 19 minutes on his debut English Premier League start of the new season.
However, that perfect start was wiped out when Fernandes headed home a cross from Luke Shaw to level matters six minutes later.
The Portuguese midfielder then put his side ahead when his cross which was intended for Marcus Rashford, ended up in the back of the net – thanks to help of the goal post.
Fernandes, who was named Man of the Match after the game, capped off a very fine individual performance when he set up substitute Edinson Cavani for his first Manchester United goal in injury time. It was a seventh straight away win in the league for the Red Devils.
Manchester United Manager Not Happy
Fernandes tells BT Sports: “Inside the dressing room, we know what we have to do. Everyone needs to be a leader. Some players need to be a mood leader – don’t need to talk too much but do the right things – and others need to speak more to feel more part of the game.
“But at the end of the game the three points is for everyone not just for one player.”
Meanwhile, despite the victory, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wasn’t happy with the quick turn around. He believed it contributed to Shaw picking up a hamstring injury and a niggle to Rashford.
“We were set up to fail. I said to you before that l wanted to talk about the kick-off time. They set up the boys to fail, Solskjaer tells BT Sport.
He added: “We’ve got Luke Shaw today because we went to Turkey on Wednesday, we’ve had loads of games this season already, and Thursday night we’re back in, and we’re played Saturday lunchtime. It’s an absolute shambles.”
The Norwegian went on to say: “The authorities have set us up to fail. How can they set us up, after a Champions League on Wednesday night in Turkey, to set us a Saturday midday kick-off?
“Liverpool-Manchester City? They played on Tuesday and play on Sunday. Who is responsible for that? I’ve had enough.
“We have to understand how these players in these times how mentally draining this is, how physically draining this is, and you set us up like this? We’ve lost Luke Shaw because of that.
“It’s a joke.”
Today’s win moves Manchester United up to 13th in the English Premier League table standings, while Everton missed out on the chance to go top after a third loss in a row.