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Fernandes was left shocked after Aaron Wan Bissaka's stunner

‘We didn’t know he can shoot!’: Bruno Fernandes reveals Manchester United dressing room were left shocked by Aaron Wan Bissaka’s stunner against Newcastle as midfielder praises full-back for being ‘more positive’

  • Bruno Fernandes revealed he was shocked after Aaron Wan Bissaka’s goal
  • The Manchester United right-back scored a stunner as they beat Newcastle
  • Fernandes said the United players ‘did not know he can shoot’ after his goal 
  • READ: Manchester United score late goals in comfortable 4-1 win over Newcastle

Bruno Fernandes revealed he was shocked after Manchester United team-mate Aaron Wan Bissaka’s goal against Newcastle as he said: ‘we didn’t know he can shoot!’.

United won their second match of the Premier League season against Steve Bruce’s side despite the worst possible start after an own goal from Luke Shaw in the second minute.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side quickly responded as Harry Maguire headed the visitors level at St James’ Park before Wan Bissaka stole the headlines with a stunner.

Bruno Fernandes revealed he was shocked after Aaron Wan Bissaka’s goal vs Newcastle

Fernandes said ‘we didn’t know he could shoot’ after the defender scored a rare goal

The Newcastle defence finally crumbled late on as Fernandes made amends for a saved penalty earlier in the second half and a goal from the right back and Marcus Rashford topped off a resounding victory.

After the match, Fernandes said that the United players did not know that Wan Bissaka could strike the ball so well. 

‘[We were so happy] because we didn’t know he can shoot!’ the midfielder told MUTV. ‘So it’s difficult for us believing he can score because we never see him shooting.

‘We were talking about it now in the dressing room and asking him because we all were thinking he wanted to cross and he makes a bad ball and scores.

‘But I’m happy for him, he deserved the goal and we always ask this from him. Be more positive, be more in the box, try and improve because he has such good qualities.

‘Everyone knows about him being a defensive player and everything but he needs to show that he’s more than a defensive player and I think he has the qualities to show that.’

Before the international break, United were battered by Tottenham 6-1 at Old Trafford and the Portuguese midfielder insisted that a result like that can not happen again.

‘What happened against Tottenham can’t happen again. We play for such a big club and such a big team,’ he said.

‘This club deserves better than that. Everyone needs to be better, starting with me, I need to look at myself first and then at what the group needs to do better.

‘Today it was perfect, after that defeat. I think we need to continue improving, don’t concede goals, as I said before, and keep scoring.’




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Andy Murray left frustrated after latest defeat in Cologne

Andy Murray was left frustrated after a first-round defeat to Fernando Verdasco in Cologne on Tuesday night as the struggles of his latest comeback continued.

Murray is desperately seeking fresh momentum after winning three of seven matches since the ATP Tour resumed in August.

Two of those wins – including his best victory this year over German world No. 7 Alexander Zverev – came in his first tournament back at the relocated Western & Southern Open in New York, while there was a famous five-set fightback in the first round of the US Open against Yoshihito Nishioka.

Since then, however, there has been little to smile about for the former world No. 1.

He has suffered three defeats on the spin to Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime at the US Open, Stan Wawrinka at the French Open and Spain’s Verdasco in Cologne.

In the wake of his loss to Wawrinka – the joint worst Grand Slam defeat of his career – Murray said he would have a ‘long, hard think’ but little improved from his perspective in a 6-4 6-4 defeat to Verdasco.

‘I need to get back to playing my game on the court, I’ve kind of gone away from that a little bit,’ said Murray after losing to the 36-year-old world No. 62 from Spain.

‘I’m maybe making a few more mistakes than usual because of that.

‘I need to practice, I need to play matches and physically I need to get better.

‘Some things I did a little bit better, but overall it was not that much better than that match [against Stan Wawrinka in Paris].

‘It’s a surface that I’m a little bit more comfortable on, so that probably helped me. But in terms of my game, it was not much better.’

Cologne is hosting back-to-back tournaments. Asked if he would stick around for the second one, Murray replied: ‘I will speak to my team tonight, and see what they say, but the plan is to play here next week. Over the next few days I can hopefully get some practice in.’

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