Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag was right about Bruno Fernandes all along.

November 30, 2022

Man Utd midfielder Bruno Fernandes scored both goals during Portugal’s 2-0 World Cup win over Uruguay on Monday..

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has shown faith in Bruno Fernandes to add more goals to his game, and after the midfielder scored twice for Portugal during their 2-0 win over Uruguay on Monday he could soon be repaying that faith on his return to Old Trafford.

Portugal confirmed their place in the round of 16 with the win against their South American opposition. Fernandes was instrumental during the victory, as the United man ended up scoring twice in the second half to seal all three points.

There was some initial controversy surrounding the opening goal, after Cristiano Ronaldo tried to claim that he had got his head on the end of Fernandes’ cross to the far post. The 37-year-old wheeled away in delight, yet his celebrations were cut short after replays showed that he had not got a touch on the ball.

There was no doubt about the scorer for the second goal, as Fernandes calmly placed his penalty into the bottom corner after Portugal were awarded a spot-kick for handball.

Although United have suffered from a lack of goals in midfield this season, fans will be delighted to see the 28-year-old finding the back of the net. Yet Ten Hag had no doubts about Fernandes’ form in front of goal, as he discussed the issue earlier in the season.

He said: “Yeah but I think Bruno is playing really good this season, so I can see in that fact, he can produce more goals, assists. But I think he’s often in the line of the goal and he’s playing a massive role in a lot of moments of football for us: in building up attacks, creativity, movement, but also in transitions, in both sides, in the defensive transitions he’s magnificent and doing a really good job so I’m really happy with his performances.”

With Casemiro also scoring the winning goal for Brazil against Switzerland, Ten Hag will certainly be hoping that his midfielders can carry their goalscoring momentum with them after the World Cup draws to a close on December 18.