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Bruno Fernandes gets a nickname after Man Utd fans make unusual observation

Well it seems Bruno Fernandes has finally been given a nickname.

Manchester United supporters took to Twitter on Tuesday night to dub the Portuguese midfielder the "Milkman" after he was seen drinking a bottle of, well, milk.

Fernandes netted twice in the Red Devils' 3-0 victory over Brighton before he was replaced by Scott McTominay on 64 minutes.

The Portuguese made his way off the pitch and into the stands, where he took a seat in his designated, socially-distanced spot inside the Amex Stadium.

Cameras panned to him enjoying the action moments later as he cheered his team-mates on. However, Fernandes was then seen picking up a bottle of what appeared to be milk.

Presumably, the milk had some sort of supplement mixed into it.

After all, it is not uncommon to see a footballer drink a form of protein shake handed to him by a sport scientist after making his way off the pitch.

Either way, the sight of Fernandes chugging down the white stuff prompted much laughter from the United faithful, who took to Twitter to christen him the "Milkman".

Fernandes has been instrumental in United's good form since football returned, but played down his efforts on Tuesday night, despite his brace.

He said: "I was lucky for the first goal but also the keeper was lucky for my first shot – the ball hit the post! So I think I am happy.

"It was amazing. But it was a good job from Paul. In the first goal, the ball came back for me, he knows I will be there to shoot. And the second goal was an amazing assist from Mason [Greenwood], an amazing pass, and I do a good shot.

"Of course I am really happy for my goals. But I'm more happy for the result because the team deserves this. We are fighting for the place in the Champions League. We know we can achieve this."

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Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof praises Bruno Fernandes’ creativity after midfielder’s star showing at Brighton

Victor Lindelof believes the arrival of Bruno Fernandes has brought a new level of creativity to Manchester United.

Fernandes, a January signing from Sporting Lisbon, shone once again on Tuesday night, scoring twice in a 3-0 win at Brighton as United moved back up to fifth in the table.

Mason Greenwood opened the scoring at the Amex Stadium before Fernandes took the spotlight with two fine finishes of his own.

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The 25-year-old has now notched five goals in just eight Premier League appearances and has brought a higher level of control when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are in possession.

“He’s been great ever since he signed,” defender Lindelof told the United’s club website. “Straight away he showed his quality and he came in and wanted the ball and created a lot of chances for us. So he’s been brilliant and he can keep improving and keep doing the same things.

“We have some really good players up there. I think once again they showed what they can do on the pitch and then when we keep the ball like that they can control the game for us.

“So it’s quite nice to watch them play football.”

The comfortable victory on the south coast means United are unbeaten in their last 15 games across all competitions, with Lindelof insisting the team have their tails up.

“I think we show [our confidence] every time we walk on the pitch now, what a team we can be and what type of football we can play,” the Sweden international said.

“We controlled the game throughout the 90 minutes and performed some really, really good football out there, so I’m very, very happy.”

Brighton looked better towards the end of the game, but the fixture was over as a contest by that point.

Defender Dan Burn was keen to take any positives he could as the Seagulls prepare to travel to bottom club Norwich at the weekend.

“It was a learning curve, but we’ve beaten Arsenal and we’ve drawn with Leicester, so I think we need to stay confident,” Burn said.

“We have got a big game on Saturday at Norwich, so we need to put this game to bed and move on.

“I think there are positives to take from the game, but if you look at the quality they had and the way they finished off the counter-attacks, they deserved the win.”

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Five talking points as Man Utd ease to victory over Brighton

Bruno Fernandes was again Manchester United's match-winner as he struck twice at Brighton.

Mason Greenwood fired the visitors in front and it was one-way traffic in the first half as Fernandes doubled his side's advantage.

Any hope Brighton had of producing a second-half fightback were in tatters when the influential Portuguese midfielder added his second, and United's third.

The facile victory means United leapfrog Wolves back into fifth place as the race for Champions League football next season hots up.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men host Bournemouth on Saturday before a trip to fellow strugglers Aston Villa next week.

Here are five talking points from United's impressive victory…

1. Attack, attack, attack

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer certainly fancied having a go at this Brighton team, and started with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes all in the first XI.

It was a move that more than paid off, as United tore the Seagulls apart, ripping through them with pace, trickery and verve.

It was a performance that was almost reminiscent of the glory days, when the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney would put teams to the sword.

They might not be quite at that level yet, but this when this side are on song they have goals in them, and the future is looking bright up top for the Red Devils.

2. Pogba enjoying himself again

What a delight it is to see Paul Pogba looking genuinely happy to be out there doing his thing.

The Frenchman was everywhere, from spraying passes to breaking up the Brighton midfield threat, and his partnership with Bruno Fernandes only appears to be going from strength to strength, with Pogba setting up his teammate's first goal.

With coronavirus looking to have put an end to his hopes of moving away, Pogba appears to have settled on staying for the foreseeable future.

If he continues playing like this, that can only be good news for everyone at the club.

3. Greenwood growing in stature

At one point in the first half Gary Neville said 18-year-old Mason Greenwood was becoming almost "impossible to drop." On this showing, it's hard to disagree with him.

The 18-year-old was an absolute joy to watch, from his taunting of the Brighton defence for his first goal for the lovely clipped ball for Bruno Fernandes' second, he looked some way more mature than his young years would have you believe.

Neville even went as far as to compare him to Arsenal and United great Robin van Persie. While he may not be at that level just yet, don't bet against him getting there if he continues to progress.

4. Bad day at the office for Brighton

After such an impressive start to life after lockdown, with a win and two draws in their three games played prior to this, Brighton were really disappointing.

While United were relentless, the Seagulls were toothless, and never once looked like making a game of it and giving their visitors a little something to worry about.

Fortunately for them they have surely already done enough to stay up, and victory in their next game against hapless Norwich would effectively see them secure safety.

They will simply have to write this one off and try to finish the season positively.

5. Matic winning midfield battle

United suddenly find themselves with a wealth of options in the centre of the park, and at the moment it looks like a battle between Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay to line up alongside Pogba in the holding positions.

Matic was the preferred option both in the Sheffield United win and again at Brighton, and the Serb didn't let Solskjaer down, completely dominating and barely putting a foot wrong in an impressive performance.

It is harsh on Fred and on McTominay, who have both been excellent this season, but what an option they both are for Solskjaer to have to rotate until the end of the campaign.

Whisper it, but United are slowly but surely building a very, very good squad again.

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Bruno Fernandes has dispelled Ole Gunnar Solskjaer assumption since Man Utd move

Big things were expected of Bruno Fernandes when Manchester United finally got their man in the January transfer window.

The Portuguese playmaker was tipped to change the fortunes of the Red Devils after a tough spell under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But few could have predicated the immediacy of his impact – including his new manager.

Fernandes has been integral to a 12-game unbeaten run in all competitions ahead of their clash with Brighton tonight.

He has scored four goals and delivered four assists in the process – dispelling Solskjaer’s past assumption that it would take time for any player to adjust.

Speaking after his summer spending spree, landing Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, Solskjaer said: "It will take time for any player to adjust to Man United.

“Apart from me! It took me six minutes in the first game,” he joked.

“I’m very happy with Wan-Bissaka and James but we’ve got be patient. It’s a long haul and it’s very important that we get the right ones in.”

And whilst Solskjaer has clearly found the “right one” in the form of Fernandes, he has certainly not taken time to adjust.

He instantly impressed on his debut against Wolves and has gone from strength to strength as the focal point of his side.

Solskjaer’s other summer signings have perhaps proved his point.

Maguire and Wan-Bissaka both made a strong start but have reached new heights in recent months, with Maguire integral to the back-line which has tightened up and Wan-Bissaka beginning to unlock his attacking attributes.

But it is testament to Fernandes’ special ability that it is hard to see much room for further improvement given the way he has instantly transformed the Old Trafford outfit.

His team-mate, Nemanja Matic, has also been caught off guard by his immediate impression.

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"I’ve followed him for a long time because I played in the Portuguese league at Benfica," Matic told Sky Sports.

"I knew he would bring quality for us. He played for a big club with a lot of pressure to win, but I didn’t think he would adapt so quick. From the first minute in the Premier League he made the difference.

"I’m happy for him and happy we have him in the team.

"He’s playing in the position where he needs to make the difference. He has all the ability to be the leader on the pitch."

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