Real Sociedad 0-4 Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes scores double in emphatic win



Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in 52 goals in 58 games in all competitions for Manchester United (33 goals, 19 assists), 10 more than any other Premier League player since his debut

Bruno Fernandes continued his magnificent season with a goal in each half as Manchester United took firm control of their Europa League last-32 tie with Real Sociedad.

Fernandes took advantage of hesitant defending to open the scoring in Turin and then stroked in from the edge of the area for a second – which was awarded by VAR after he was initially flagged offside.

Marcus Rashford and Daniel James – who both missed several chances – then scored on the counter to leave next week’s return leg looking a formality.

Sociedad were top of La Liga when the draw was made but were poor throughout a game played in Italy because of Covid-19 restrictions.

They failed to test United goalkeeper Dean Henderson seriously and were constantly caught out on the break by the pace of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s frontline.

Even Manchester City hero David Silva – who joined Sociedad last August – was kept quiet on an off night.

Classic ‘away’ performance

The match was played at the home of Juventus as Spain has placed restrictions on travellers from the UK.

That decision could not have helped La Reales who, apart from in a manic opening few minutes, were second best all night.

Former United winger Adnan Januzaj curled narrowly wide inside 70 seconds, and Eric Bailly was beaten easily moments later by Alexander Isak, who saw his effort tipped wide.

But Solskjaer’s side soon took a grip and Rashford could have already scored twice before he played a part in the opener.

His pass over the top played Fernandes in and when defenders Igor Zubeldia and Robin le Normand collided with goalkeeper Alex Remiro, the Portuguese midfielder had a tap-in.

Fernandes’ second was a sublime finish from the edge of the area, digging the ball out from under his feet after a touch on from James. The flag was raised but after a lengthy check, the goal was awarded.

Since his debut 12 months ago, Fernandes has scored 33 times in all competitions, with only four players within the top five European leagues finding the net more often.

The playmaker is in good company – as they are Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (53), Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo (40), another former United forward in Romelu Lukaku (38) and Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Braut Haaland (36).

By now, United were totally in control and Fred freed Rashford to drill in low from the left-hand side of the area.

James saw another ruled out for offside and was denied by a good save as a naive Sociedad defence were cut open time and time again.

And the former Swansea man did get his goal in added time, firing through the legs of Remiro to give Solskjaer’s side a deserved cushion to take into next week’s home leg.

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Real Sociedad

  1. Squad number1Player nameÁlex Remiro

  2. Squad number2Player nameZaldua

  3. Squad number5Player nameZubeldia

  4. Squad number24Player nameLe Normand

  5. Squad number20Player nameNacho Monreal

  6. Squad number21Player nameSilva

  7. Squad number4Player nameIllarramendi

  8. Squad number8Player nameMerino

  9. Squad number11Player nameJanuzaj

  10. Squad number19Player nameIsak

  11. Squad number10Player nameOyarzabal

  1. Squad number7Player namePortu

  2. Squad number16Player nameGuevara

  3. Squad number18Player nameGorosabel

  4. Squad number22Player nameBarrenetxea

  5. Squad number25Player nameBautista

Manchester United

  1. Squad number8Player nameMata
  2. Squad number9Player nameMartial
  3. Squad number19Player nameDiallo
  4. Squad number31Player nameMatic

Line-ups

Real Sociedad

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Remiro
  • 2ZalduaSubstituted forGorosabelat 73′minutes
  • 5Zubeldia
  • 24Le NormandBooked at 88mins
  • 20Monreal
  • 21Silva
  • 4IllarramendiSubstituted forGuevaraat 74′minutes
  • 8Merino
  • 11JanuzajSubstituted forPortugués Manzaneraat 80′minutes
  • 19IsakSubstituted forBarrenetxeaat 80′minutes
  • 10OyarzabalSubstituted forBautistaat 86′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Portugués Manzanera
  • 12Muñoz
  • 14Guridi
  • 15Sagnan
  • 16Guevara
  • 17Merquelanz
  • 18Gorosabel
  • 22Barrenetxea
  • 25Bautista
  • 28López
  • 36Zubimendi
  • 44Marrero

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Henderson
  • 29Wan-BissakaBooked at 8mins
  • 3Bailly
  • 5Maguire
  • 27Telles
  • 39McTominaySubstituted forMaticat 60′minutes
  • 17Fred
  • 21James
  • 18Bruno FernandesSubstituted forMataat 83′minutes
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forMartialat 68′minutes
  • 11GreenwoodSubstituted forDialloat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1de Gea
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 8Mata
  • 9Martial
  • 13Grant
  • 19Diallo
  • 23Shaw
  • 31Matic
  • 33Williams
  • 38Tuanzebe
  • 74Shoretire

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