Manchester United hammered Leeds 5-1 at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season and there was even a surprising name on the scoresheet in the form of Fred. 

Bruno Fernandes stole the headlines (as he always does) with a brilliant hat-trick, making Luke Ayling’s brilliant equaliser redundant. Mason Greenwood and Fred made it a day for all the home fans to remember with their own strikes.

Prior to the season, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had said he wants to see other players helping Fernandes out on the goals front this season. In his post-match press conference, he was asked about the comments in the wake of the midfielder’s hat-trick.

“Bruno will always score from penalties, but when he scores like this, timing his runs, it doesn’t really matter who scores,” the Norwegian said.

“You’ve definitely got loads of forwards who can chip in. Anthony [Martial] is going to score goals, Jadon [Sancho] is going to score goals, Marcus is coming back. Edinson will score goals. So I don’t think he has to take that burden on his own.”

And then he made his little dig at his Brazillian midfielder.

“When Fred scores goals, we know everyone can score.”

Ouch.


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