Jamie Redknapp notices genius thing Bruno Fernandes did before Man Utd goal vs Man City
Bruno Fernandes showed his creativity ability for Manchester United’s opening goal against rivals Manchester City on Sunday. Fernandes’ lofted free kick was volleyed in by Anthony Martial in the first half at Old Trafford, though City goalkeeper Ederson really should have stopped the low shot. Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp was working as a pundit for Sky Sports and noticed the genius thing Fernandes did before taking the free kick.
The Portugal international stood with his arm in the air while waiting for the referee’s whistle.
Fernandes then dropped his arm, which triggered Martial to make the run, beat the offside trap, meet the pass and fire his shot in.
Redknapp was full of praise for the January signing, whose pass made it three assists in his first five Premier League appearances.
“It’s just great to see a bit of imagination,” Redknapp said.
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“We don’t see it often enough and it comes from Bruno Fernandes.
“You can see Martial there and he’s got him in his peripheral vision.
“But what he has to do, as Fernandes puts his arm up there and as he drops it, that’s pretty much the trigger for Martial to go.
“There and he’s off, it’s perfect timing.
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“[Sergio] Aguero’s probably not the man to be marking him but the ball is so good, it’s flighted up perfectly.
“But as that hand drops, you can see Martial goes. Good, great free kick.”
Ederson was unable to keep out the low shot despite getting a hand to it.
Former United defender Gary Neville was co-commentating on the match and also praised his old side’s creativity.
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But Neville admitted Ederson should have done a lot better.
“Well, Ederson. It’s a big mistake but it’s clever,” Neville said.
“They’re up to something Manchester United and they’ve isolated Sergio Aguero against Martial.
“The pass is wonderful, the contact is good but the goalkeeper should save it.
“A simple one for him, he makes a right mess of it.
“United have been better, the chances have been better, and now they’ve got the goal they wanted in this game.
“The plan from the free kick worked, the plan in the game has worked so far.
“They’ve managed City, they’ve got them on the counter-attack a few times and created good chances and now they’ve got the goal.”
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