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Bruno Fernandes scored an impressive volley to save a Manchester United point against West Brom, but that wasn’t enough to prevent them from falling further behind their arch-rivals Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.
The Red Devils drew 1-1 at West Brom on Sunday and, despite returning over Leicester City to second place on goal difference alone, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team is now seven points behind the league leaders, they also have a game in-hand.
However, that shouldn’t take anything away from the performance of Fernandes, who was Solskjaer’s only bright light against Sam Allardyce’s side.
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The Portuguese midfielder came off the bench in the second half to help United seal a spot in the FA Cup quarter-finals in a midweek win at home to West Ham, and was back in top form in the Hawthorns.
Not to be outclassed by players like Connor Gallagher and Mbaye Diagne, Fernandes needed another moment of magic to level the score after he found Luke Shaw’s center with his weaker left foot.
According SofaScore, the 26-year-old got an impressive 7.9 game rating for his theatricality, being the best of any midfielder, including his teammate Scott McTominay, and indeed any player anywhere on Sunday.
For the full 90 minutes, Fernandes, who is currently valued at £ 81 million Transfer marketit would take 102 ball touches, which was significantly more than McTominay, who could only handle 81 despite playing in a deep midfield position.
He was always looking to get his foot on the ball and try to make things happen, and towards the end of the game, he could be seen picking up near the midfield line and trying to spot passes and runners from deep.
It was no surprise then that the Portugal international also successfully completed Eight nine-shot long balls against the Baggies as he tried to exploit gaps in his defense, which was much higher than his season average of 3.9 by 90 in the Premier League, he signaled his desire to try to get the home team to move around and try to alter its defensive valance.
Therefore, despite the disappointing result, it was certainly not from lack of trying, as Fernandes proved that he is above the rest of the group. It’s a shame that none of his teammates could match his determination and energy.
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