Manchester United took a giant leap towards the quarter finals of the Europa League on Thursday evening when they thrashed LASK Linz 5-0 in Austria, and after the match their fans were quick to praise a key man.
The Red Devils were forced to take on their European opponents behind closed doors, as the effects of the coronavirus continues to sweep across the globe, but the lack of atmosphere certainly had no detrimental impact on their display.
United headed across to Austria in good form and buoyed by their win in the Manchester derby last weekend, and they continued their progression under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they all but secured a place in the quarter final draw.
A wonderful strike from on loan striker Odion Ighalo opened the scoring for the Red Devils, and little did anyone know what was to come.
That was the only goal United managed in the first half, but they put the tie to bed in the second period. Daniel James doubled their advantage as the hour mark approached and then three more strikes in the last 10 minutes, from Juan Mata, Mason Greenwood and Andreas Pereira, ensured the return game is just a formality, whenever it is played.
Bruno Fernandes did not find his way onto the scoresheet, but it is the only thing his performance lacked on the night, and that certainly wasn’t lost on the Red Devils fan base, many of whom took to Twitter to laud about their new hero.
The Portuguese star was vibrant throughout, and continued to show why he has had such a dramatic impact on this United side in a short space of time.
Red Devils supporters could not praise him enough on the social media site after the full time whistle had blown in Austria.
Here are some of their messages:
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