Date published: Saturday 7th November 2020 4:03
Joe Cole compared Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes to a prime Frank Lampard after his display against Everton.
Fernandes scored twice to ease United to a 3-1 win over the Toffees and ease the pressure on his team.
Indeed, that was the Red Devils‘ seventh successive away win in the Premier League, their best record in 27 years.
Portugal international Fernandes’ first goal saw him benefit from Luke Shaw, meeting the left-back’s pinpoint cross and heading past Jordan Pickford.
Speaking on BT Sport about the goal that put United on level terms with Everton, former Chelsea star Cole could not resist making a comparison with fellow Blues teammate Lampard.
“He (Fernandes) got freed up, didn’t he. We looked at the formation before of Fred and McTominay and he (Fernandes) ghosts in,” the pundit said. “This is like Lampard in his prime, the way he timed it.
“If you look at Luke Shaw here, he could have delivered it first time. He doesn’t, he waits and Fernandes just reads it, gets in between the centre-halves.
“He’s got that instinct from midfield where he’s always going to score goals because his timing is excellent and his finishing is top-draw as well.”
Fernandes then scored United’s second which, at first, caused confusion as to who had found the net. The midfielder aimed his cross at Marcus Rashford, who attempted a glanced header.
However, after failing to make contact, the ball rebounded off the post and in.
Later on, with Everton chasing the game, Fernandes showed his unselfish nature by setting up Edinson Cavani for his first United goal.
Fellow BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand also highlighted how the move showed leadership.
Fernandes leading from the front
“This goal was more about ‘there’s a team-mate who we need to get a goal because he’s going to be of of huge importance’. And that’s what that was about,” Ferdinand said.
“It’s another sign of leadership, leading the team, leading from the front and this guy (Cavani), 200-plus goals for PSG.
“He’s going to get goals in a red shirt, too.”
While Shaw had a telling role in Fernandes’ first goal, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed after the match that he has suffered injury.
Indeed, Solskjaer launched a rant at the authorities for his team’s demanding fixture list.