Micah Richards has said Bruno Fernandes must produce the same of level of display ‘week-in, week-out’ for Manchester United as he demonstrated on Wednesday night, with the midfielder helping his side to an impressive 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Portugal international has received some criticism over his performances so far this season but there could be no complaints after he put in a man-of-the-match display to keep the Red Devils within touching distance of the Champions League places. Fernandes was a driving force throughout the game and he led from the front as Fred opened the scoring two minutes into the second-half.
After going close on a number of occasions during the opening 45 minutes, Fernandes got himself on the scoresheet with a delightful finish from just inside the penalty area as Erik ten Hag’s side claimed a thoroughly deserved win over their top-four rivals. Former Manchester City star Richards hailed Fernandes’ for an impressive performance but wants the midfielder to produce that level of performance on a more regular basis.
Speaking on BBC Match of the Day, he said: “He was excellent. It helps a little bit that Spurs dropped off so he could get into areas where he could dictate the game, but from minute one, you see he is confident in his set-pieces, we know he can do that.
“He’s getting into little pockets when Spurs are trying to protect what they have there. He was on the front foot and Bruno has been accused of not running and not helping his team-mates.
“This was what led to the first goal, these are the passes to wide people to make something happen. Not only that, but trying to get forward and helping his team-mates out. His goal, finding that bit of space, right in the middle. Ok, he doesn’t get the first one, but the finish, the composure it was so delicate. He just gets the right amount of purchase on the ball.
“This is the Bruno we want to see. We know it’s in there, when he first came [to United], he was on absolute fire. This is the Bruno we want to see week-in, week-out now.”