In the first year of Manchester United, Bruno Fernandes created countless special moments, and the free-kick that he scored against Liverpool was one of them.
With the score in the fourth round of the FA Cup set to 2-2, the Portuguese came off the bench and pushed the ball to the bottom corner of Alisson.
Jurgen Klopp had no doubt had nightmares about Fernandes scoring the winner from a dead ball, but at least it wasn’t a penalty.
That’s not to say it wasn’t without controversy, as Edinson Cavani had gone down a tad softly from Fabinho’s challenge on the edge of the box.
However, this is a goal worthy of sending Manchester United into the next round, and once again emphasized the tremendous impact the midfielder has had since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon in January last year.
Since coming to England, he has done more goal contributions in Premier League than any other player.
Statistics like this should silence those who undermined Fernandes’s achievements by pointing out the penalties he scored, but there are still some fans who are not convinced.
Klopp himself recently made a big shot on the number of penalties accepted by Manchester United. Although he did not check the name of Fernandes, the 26-year-old is the main penalty shooter for the Red Devils.
Jose Mourinho digs more bluntly: “Some players score 10 penalties every season. By the way, I’m not talking about Harry Kane.”
After Manchester United defeated their main rival at Old Trafford on Sunday, these comments have clearly make Bruno Fernandes thinking about it.
— United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) January 24, 2021
His brother Ricardo Fernandes accompanied the picture of the free-kick and wrote: “Another goal, another penalty.”
In the Premier League, of his 19 goals, nine of them have been from the spot. That’s partly because of the number of penalties United are awarded.
The best way for Fernandes to banish those accusations is by scoring from all over the pitch, not just from 12 yards. He did that in style and it was made all the sweeter by knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup.