Head coach Bruce said: “I was very, very pleased with us. Certainly the loss of Almiron affected us a little bit, but the first half in particular I was very, very pleased with how we played.
The Magpies have been chasing another loan deal for the young midfielder, who scored eight times in 14 appearances during his six-month stint at St James’ Park last term. Indeed, the 21-year-old revitalised his career under Bruce – who wants to bring him back.
In the first half, West Ham, being led by a manager who infamously flopped at Old Trafford, looked like a team that possessed everything United lacked: a plan, energy and creativity. They worked hard on and off the ball and fashioned chance after chance while United floundered.
Indeed, it was he who laid the ball off for Pogba to level matters in the 65th minute with a brilliant strike from outside the area. It was Fernandes’ 11th Premier League assist since joining United.
Bruno Fernandes has been a talismanic presence for Manchester United in 2020-21, but he may be set to miss out in the club’s Players’ Player of the Year poll as Luke Shaw’s renaissance at left-back catches the eye of those around him.
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