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Bruno Fernandes believes a confident Paul Pogba can continue to improve after the duo influenced Manchester United’s victory over Aston Villa at home.
The Red Devils took the lead when Anthony Martial scored just before halftime, only for the visitors to tie after the break through Bertrand Traore.
However, United got ahead again when the impressive Pogba, who had four shots and created two chances, as well as having the most touches (69) for the hosts, was fouled inside the penalty area.
Fernandes duly converted from the penalty spot – his ninth Premier League penalty since February 2020 – and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side stood their ground under intense late pressure, securing the three points that tied them with Liverpool in the half. top of the table.
“I think Paul was superior today, the first goal makes him a good skill. We all know the qualities he has, there is no question, ”Fernandes told MUTV about his teammate.
“We know that he can play, that he can help us, that he can play very well and today he did. He was involved in the two goals, with the penalty he covered the ball and went away from the players.
“He will give more and more with the confidence that comes with each game.”
33 – Tonight was Bruno Fernandes’ 30th appearance in the Premier League, with his penalty the 33rd goal in which he was directly involved (19 goals, 14 assists). The only player in Premier League history to have scored the most goals in his first 30 games is Andrew Cole (37). Talisman. pic.twitter.com/sa5DSOQoW5
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United sit behind the reigning champions on goal difference, though Liverpool can get back on track when they visit Southampton on Monday.
Still, the win over Villa extends United’s unbeaten league streak to 10 games, while they have now won three at home in the competition after struggling earlier this season at Old Trafford.
For Fernandes, these are all promising signs for the future, although the Portugal international insists there are still areas for improvement in the rest of the season.
“We are building something important, the most important thing for us is to build a team and a group of players who take care of each other,” said Fernandes.
“In the stands, in the last two or three minutes, everyone was yelling at us. Everyone wants the three points and that victory.
“It was tough, we have to learn from here and from the Leicester game [which ended in a 2-2 draw]. We have to do better, we had situations to close the game, we have to do that ”.
Fernandes has now contributed 19 goals and 14 assists in his first 30 Premier League appearances for United, who host neighbors Manchester City in the EFL Cup.