FERNANDES SETS POST-FERGUSON RECORD AT UNITED
Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes has set a new record for the number of goals scored in a single Premier League season since the well publicised retirement of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 following his strike in the disappointing 4-2 defeat at home to rivals Liverpool.
Fernandes scored the opening goal of the game inside ten minutes but his team could not build on the advantage. He produced a shot with the outside of his right boot for the opener. He was given the goal which deflected off Liverpool defender Nathaniel Philips and into the back of the net. It took his tally to 18 league goals which is more than any other player has scored since Ferguson retired eight years ago. Ferguson was the Manchester United manager for 27 years from 1986 to 2013.
Bruno Fernandes was able to score his second goal for Manchester United in two home games against arch rivals Liverpool this season. His other goal came in the FA Cup fourth round tie between the two teams earlier this year. The Portugal national team player scored the winning goal from aa free-kick in a 3-2 victory at Old Trafford.
Liverpool needed to win the latest match between the two teams to boost their slim Champions League hopes and that was what they did as they showed fighting spirit to recover from the early opener from Fernandes.
Diogo Jota scored the Reds equaliser off the assist from Philips on 34 minutes before the impressive Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-1 halftime lead with the first of his brace at the end of the first half.
Brazilian international Firmino scored his second goal of the game in the second minute of the second half. At that point, the Reds had established a 3-1 lead. England international Marcus Rashford pulled one back midway into the half to set up a nervy last quarter of the game especially for the visitors but they were able to settle the game through Mohamed Salah in the last minute. The 4-2 win ensured that the Reds remain firmly in the hunt for a place in the Champions League ahead of their final three games.