Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has suggested that the match officials were wrong to award him as the assister to Edinson Cavani’s goal but maintained that he ‘doesn’t care’ as long as the team scored.
Edinson Cavani opened the scoring in the 19th minute after beating the offside trap and getting the better of David de Gea’s pull-out.
It initially appeared that Bruno Fernandes had a flick on the ball before Cavani chased it down but replays showed that the Portuguese midfielder did not get any contact on the ball and as such, the assist to the opening goal belongs to de Gea but for some reasons, it was given to Fernandes.
Bryan would score the equaliser late on in the game after David de Gea had made a double save a few minutes before the equaliser.
Speaking after the game, Bruno Fernandes explained why the match officials had made the wrong call over who assisted Edinson Cavani.
Fernandes said: “Did I touch it [assist Edinson Cavani’s goal]? I don’t know. I didn’t think so, but then the referee said they’ve given the assist to me. I don’t care – we scored!”
Before the game, the former Sporting Lisbon midfielder was presented with two Manchester United awards Best goal of the season and Man United’s best player of the season.
The 26-year-old midfielder understands how good it is to win individual awards but maintains that it is more important to win a group trophy.
“Individual trophies are really good for players,” Fernandes added. “But it’s not more important than a group trophy.
“If you are doing well, if you are doing your game good, doing the right things, it means you can do a little bit more.”
On winning the Manchester United Best Player of the Year Award, Fernandes said: “It means people are liking the way you play, the way you are helping the team.
“But more important than that is winning a trophy at the end of the season, because football is a team sport.”
It was the first time Manchester United played with fans at Old Trafford since United’s last season’s 2-0 win over Manchester City in March.
Bruno Fernandes was pleased to finally have the fans back at Old Trafford and yet again revealed how important to have the team behind them.
“It was really good to have the fans back,” Fernandes said. “We know how important it is to have them behind us. But our performance was not enough. We tried to give our best to give better to them.”