Man Utd told to keep ‘exceptional’ Bruno Fernandes on free-kick duty after Chelsea win

Manchester United have been advised to give new signing Bruno Fernandes free reign to take free-kicks after his display in Monday night’s 2-0 win over Chelsea- even when Marcus Rashford returns from injury.

Fernandes struck the post with one dead-ball attempt from the edge of the area in the second-half, and whipped in a devilish corner that was headed home by Harry Maguire.

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino, who was known for his heading ability during his career, is a huge fan of the playmaker’s ability to strike a stationary ball.

The £68m signing was filmed impressively whipping a free-kick up and over the wall during United’s winter break in Spain, much to the delight of fans.

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And after the Red Devils beat Chelsea for the third time this season, Cascarino wants to see boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ensure that Fernandes remains his dead-ball specialist for the rest of the season.

“United have missed having a top-class operator at set pieces but the recent signing of Bruno Fernandes, left, has changed that after signing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side from Sporting Lisbon,” he wrote in his column in the Times.

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“Marcus Rashford can take a free kick with power from long distance, but Fernandes has more guile.

“The midfielder is neat and tidy with the ball at his feet, but he is exceptional from dead-ball situations.

“He showed that by hitting the post from a free kick and then curling over perfectly at a corner for Maguire, who was able to run in and head home. Nine times out of ten he will deliver a good ball.”

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Despite being happy to get his first win at his new club under his belt, Fernandes subsequently revealed where he thinks United still have room for improvement.

“I think we can do much…


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