Man Utd face €5m Bruno Fernandes charge after contract clause is triggered

Manchester United reportedly need to pay Sporting Lisbon another €5m after Bruno Fernandes played his 25th game for the Red Devils.

Fernandes headed to Old Trafford from the Portuguese giants in January and has impressed for the Premier League outfit.

He scored the winner from the penalty spot as United beat Brighton in a dramatic encounter at the Amex on Saturday.

And Portuguese outlet Record suggest Fernandes’s appearance on the south coast means United need to send more money to Sporting Lisbon.

It’s claimed that the midfielder’s 25th match for the Red Devils triggers another €5m for Sporting, taking the total up to €63m (£57.5m).

Sporting Lisbon had already picked up an extra €3m thanks to United finishing in the Champions League places last season.

Fernandes has shone for United, scoring 13 goals and providing ten assists in his time at the Theatre of Dreams.

He was glad to get the win over Brighton though admitted United were fortunate with his match-winner coming ten minutes into stoppage time with the Portuguese star having given away a penalty earlier in the game.

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“It was a very difficult game. We know that Brighton are a very good team with good qualities," Fernandes told BT Sport.

“We left so much space for them to play, we were not as aggressive as I want. We gave away two goals, on the penalty I can do much better, I need to stop earlier.

“Second goal, we need to do much better.

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"We did some mistakes but big teams need to be like that, we need to believe until the end.

“Sometimes you have to have some luck, you have to have some defenders defending well and a keeper also.

“David [de Gea] did really well today also all the defence. Okay, on the goals we need to do much better, I think everyone agrees and we will work on that.”

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