Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes teased Anthony Martial after scoring in the 2-0 win against Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday. The France international opened the scoring thanks to a blunder from Ederson after being picked out with a clever pass from his Portuguese pal.
Fernandes and Martial appear to be good friends off the pitch, enjoying plenty of banter on social media in recent weeks.
After missing a chance in last month’s 2-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Fernandes took to Instagram to warn Martial: “Next time I pass to you, try to not to miss it.”
The banter continued after the 3-0 romp over Watford, with the forward warning the attacking midfielder to “give me a better pass.”
They finally linked up for the first time in the derby win against City, with Fernandes chipping the ball over the opposition defence for Martial to volley home, thanks in part to a gaffe by Ederson.
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Fernandes took to Twitter after the final whistle to hilariously write: “Manchester is red. Finally you scored with my assist @AnthonyMartial.”
The £46.6million man from Sporting Lisbon delivered another fine performance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and looks like being one of the club’s finest signings in a long time.
He has two goals and three assists in the Premier League since his January arrival.
BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks believes Solskjaer’s team “are nothing” without Fernandes.
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“Manchester United had to grind this result out and at times it wasn’t pretty against a silky and often sophisticated Manchester City,” Crooks said.
“Fred, who finally looks like a United player, and the rejuvenated Nemanja Matic are becoming a formidable double act in midfield but without Bruno Fernandes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are nothing.
“This player has the running power of Bryan Robson – demonstrated when he dashed half the length of the pitch and put himself in an ideal position only to be ignored by Daniel James – and the touch of former Netherlands maestro Arnold Muhren.
“His chip for Martial to score from the set piece was so precise and beautifully flighted I could have scored it myself. I think United have bought a gem.”
Next up for United is the first leg of their last-16 Europa League tie against LASK on Thursday (5.55pm).
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