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'Solskjaer has to kick me out of training!' - Fernandes reveals free kick preparation after stunner against Liverpool

25-Jan-2021, 06:03 am

Bruno Fernandes Manchester United 2020-21

Bruno Fernandes says hours of practice on the training ground has allowed him to perfect his free-kick technique, which paid off in stunning style in Manchester United’s FA Cup victory against Liverpool on Sunday.

Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford were also on target for theRed Devils, with a double from Mohamed Salah not enough for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

It is almost exactly a year since Fernandes joined Unitedin a €55 million (£47m/$60m) deal from Sporting, with no Premier League player scoring more than the 28 goals he has scoredin that time.

After his latest match-winning contribution, the 26-year-old reveal the secret to his success is hard work on the training ground, to the extent that his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sometimes has to drag him from the field.

“Almost every day I practice free-kicks, sometimes he Solskjaer has to kick me out of training to stop," Fernandes told MUTV.

"I’m always working on that kind of situation, I like to watch and learn from Juan Mata. He's a really good specialist and me and Juan stay out a lot, also Rashy, Alex Telles, Fred, although I think it’s just for fun with Fred.

“Normally long distance is more for Rashy, for me the distance closer to the box is better for me and the kind of shot I have, if Juan or Alex are on the pitch it’s a chance for them on the right side.”

Speaking to BBC Sport, Fernandes added: “Edi Cavani before the free-kick told me: ‘try a hard one on the side of the keeper’. I tried it and it went in well.

"We have good free-kick takers but it depends on the moment, I felt good in that moment.

"We played well, we created a lot of chances, pressed them more than the game in the league.

"It is dream come true to play for this club in the Premier League.


Source : goal.com

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