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Again, Bruno Fernandes Becomes Man United Player Of The Year

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Bruno Fernandes tops the Premier League in seven statistical categories -  United In Focus

Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, has been announced Player of the Year for the second successive season.

The Portuguese won the prize again in the 2020/2021 season after receiving the most votes from fans, beating Luke Shaw and Cavani.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on the club’s official website on Tuesday.

“Indeed, supporters based in over 200 different countries had their say on the outcome so thank you to everybody who contributed,” the statement said.

“Fernandes has enjoyed another remarkable campaign, scoring 18 times in 36 Premier League starts, claiming nine goals in Europe (Champions League and Europa League) and not forgetting his masterful free-kick winner against Liverpool in the Emirates FA Cup.

“He has contributed 11 assists in the Premier League and a further five in Europe and tops many charts for the most creative and productive midfielder around, beating Frank Lampard’s goal record for a midfielder in the Premier League era with his latest strike against Liverpool.

“The 26-year-old is the Reds’ leading scorer and donned the captain’s armband in Harry Maguire’s absence for the match with Liverpool last week. There is no disputing his huge influence nor that he is a worthy recipient of the honour.

“The classy playmaker was Player of the Month in November and December and was also nominated in October and February.

“Furthermore, he has been voted Man of the Match on 12 occasions with Edinson Cavani the next-best on five.
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“Luke Shaw and Cavani emerged as the main rivals for the prize after also enjoying superb seasons in the red shirt. In the end, however, Bruno was a very convincing victor with 63 per cent of the votes cast. Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford finished in fourth and fifth respectively.

“It was much closer last term when Fernandes pipped Anthony Martial by only 1.5 per cent.”

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Ronaldo makes dream second debut in Man Utd 4-1 win against Newcastle

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Cristiano Ronaldo had a dream second Manchester United debut with two goals to inspire a 4-1 win over Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo increased his United tally to 120 as he pounced on a first-half, setting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men on course for the top of the Premier League table.

Newcastle grew into the game and did not allow that setback to dampen their spirits. This paid off in the second half when Miguel Almiron led a counter-attack and Allan Saint-Maximin slipped in Manquillo to finish.

But a United break proved every bit as efficient, with Luke Shaw carrying the ball forward and feeding Ronaldo to fire between Woodman’s legs.

David de Gea stood tall to block from Joelinton when Newcastle threatened another equaliser, but sublime finishes from Fernandes – from around 25 yards – and Lingard, skipping past Jamal Lewis in the box, made the game safe amid a party atmosphere.

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Eight Brazil players barred from playing EPL, Champions League

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FIFA has stopped Premier League clubs from selecting Brazilian players they did not release for international duty for five days at the request of the country’s Football Association.

The players who were not released for the World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Peru include Raphinha of Leeds, Manchester United’s Fred, Thiago Silva at Chelsea, Manchester City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, as well as Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho at Liverpool.

It means Fred and Thiago Silva would also be ineligible for Manchester United’s visit to Young Boys and Chelsea’s clash with Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League on Tuesday.

According to FIFA Article 22 of its Disciplinary Code, the sanctions that may be applied if these restrictions are ignored include fines and forfeiting the match 3-0, although it is unclear what might happen if Leeds and Liverpool, who meet at Elland Road on Super Sunday, both defied any FIFA ruling.

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Nigeria vs Cape Verde: Super Eagles win 2-1

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A 75th-minute own goal by Cape Verde earned Nigeria a 2-1 win in their qualifying clash in Mindelo on Tuesday.

Dylan dos Santos steered the home team in front after 19 minutes.

Victor Osimhen brought Nigeria back to the game, stabbing home from close range.

In the second half, Through a  backpass to his goalkeeper, Kenny Santos scored an own goal.

Victory took the Eagles to maximum six points from two matches, three points ahead of second –placed Liberia.

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