Bruno Fernandes has explained why he knelt and covered his ears after opening the scoring in Manchester United’s derby-day triumph over rivals Manchester City.
The midfielder converted a penalty in the second minute to put United in control at the Etihad.
Luke Shaw doubled the advantage early in the second half and the Red Devils kept their hosts at bay to record a 2-0 victory.
Fernandes’ goal was his second of the season against ‘big six’ opposition and he has came under fire for going missing in vital games in the past.
But the Portuguese insists his goal celebration has nothing to do with blocking out the noise of his critics.
Instead, Fernandes said the celebration was for his children, Matilde and Goncalo, adding: “Every time I score, it’s for them.”
The 26-year-old was delighted to score his 23rd goal of the season and described his side’s performance as “almost perfect”.
“It’s always difficult to play against Manchester City,” Fernandes told Sky Sports . “They are difficult on the ball and tough to play against.
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“Today we did almost everything perfect. It’s not about winning against City, it’s about winning every game.
“Scoring in the first minute was perfect, we had more space to counter. We remained focused until the end of the game. When we defend well we know we’ll have chances to score.
“The league is not a sprint. It’s is a marathon. We have to do our best and not think about others.”
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Meanwhile, City’s midfield star Kevin De Bruyne is eager to bounce back from the derby defeat against Southampton on Wednesday.
“It is not nice to lose the derby but sometimes it happens,” said the Belgian. “We have to move on and Wednesday there is a new game.
“Sometimes it is necessary to lose games and have bad spells. Even in the winning run we had some bad spells but overcame then, we didn’t today. Sometimes it can be a positive.”
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