Bruno Fernandes has revealed the idea for Manchester United’s equaliser against Villarreal came from him after a chat with Alex Telles.
Fernandes took United’s free-kick on the byline on the hour mark, with Telles coming over to discuss the set-piece with his Portuguese teammate.
But while Telles offered to run over the ball before Fernandes put a cross in, the playmaker suggested the left-back should wait on the edge of the area instead.
Fernandes then floated over a cross to the waiting Telles who struck home a sensational volley from 18 yards. That drew United level against Villarreal, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring an injury-time winner to ignite their European hopes.
It was Telles’ goal that got United back in the game, however, and Fernandes feels the credit should go the Brazilian.
“Alex was coming to me and he was telling me he will do the overlap over the ball and if there’s a chance pass it to me in the box,” Fernandes told MUTV.
“I said go to the edge of the box because they will drop and I will ping the ball over there and you can hit it first time or if you have time control it.
“It’s all the quality of Alex, nothing to do with me, okay the ball was good and it went straight to Alex but Alex made a really good strike and an unbelievable goal.”
Fernandes also praised the goalscoring instincts of his international teammate Ronaldo, who scored his fifth goal since returning to the club, firing in the late winner in front of the Stretford End.
“We knew it with Cristiano, in the box at any moment every ball in the box can be a goal. We start to make more crosses and risk a bit more down the wings and put the ball in the box,” said Fernandes.
“We know any moment with Cristiano in the box, they have the feeling for the goal, they feel it and they are there, Cristiano today once again and more and more in the current season, he, Edi [Cavani] and Anthony [Martial] will be really important for us because they will score many goals.”
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