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Fernandes sends message to Van de Beek after setting example for team-mate

Bruno Fernandes has offered his backing to Donny van de Beek after Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup.

Dutchman Van de Beek has found opportunities hard to come by since his £40million move from Ajax in the summer.

He was handed a rare start against Liverpool with Bruno Fernandes left on the bench after his relentless schedule so far this season.

But Van de Beek was sacrificed after an hour to bring Fernandes into the fold with the Portuguese playmaker setting an example with the winning goal.

Fernandes admitted he would be far from pleased if he was in Van de Beek’s shoes given the way the evening played out – but he assured his under-fire team-mate that his efforts helped them reach the FA Cup fifth round.

Bruno Fernandes sent a message to under-fire Man Utd team-mate Donny van de Beek

“We have a really good squad and we have options. If you look at the bench and the first XI today and the ones at home we have a really good squad, it will not be a problem if we change the team or someone is tired because we have really good players,” Fernandes told MUTV.

“Donny did a great game, playing in the position I play watching him he moves really good, he played really well. It’s important for us.

“If I was in the position of Donny I would not be happy at all but the most important is doing what he does today, coming in and helping the team.”

Van de Beek struggled to make an impact against Liverpool before being replaced by Fernandes
Van de Beek struggled to make an impact against Liverpool before being replaced by Fernandes

Fernandes has emerged as a leader in the Manchester United dressing room since his transfer from Sporting Lisbon last January.

And manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed how he also set an example on the training ground with extra practice to help him net the winner from a free-kick.

Solskjaer told BBC: “Great goal. A good free-kick.

“When you leave him out, like I had to do today, he stayed about 45 minutes after training yesterday shooting free-kicks. So I was quite confident he’d hit the target today.

“He’s never happy with me when I tell him to go inside if he’s playing the day after, so he got some practice.”

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