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United returned to action in the Champions League on Tuesday, hosting the Turkish champions who had embarrassed them in Matchday Three by winning 2-1.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side started quickly, as they clearly wanted to put that poor performance in Istanbul out of their minds, and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial had early runs into the box to worry the opposition.
However, as is often the way for United, it was Fernandes who opened the deadlock. A corner was headed out to the edge of the area where the Portugal midfielder met the ball with a wicked shot that flew into the net.
Bruno Fernandes is ON FIRE :fire:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 24, 2020
First-time. On the bounce... The keeper never stood a chance!
Sensational technique :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/hr8L4rF9Gt
Solskjaer and his team have been criticised for their inability to attack, and could only eek out a controversial 1-0 win over West Brom at the weekend, but it wasn't the case on Tuesday.
The manager did away with a second defensive midfielder and picked Donny van de Beek alongside Fred in central midfield.
Further up the field Rashford and Martial were playing either side of Edinson Cavani, making his first start since his summer move.
After Fernandes put them ahead after seven minutes, it looked like Rashford had doubled the hosts lead just five minutes later.
The team played a lovely run of one touch passes before the England forward lashed the ball home from an angle but the assistant referee correctly ruled it out for offside.
However it didn't take long for the three time European champions to make it 2-0. If goalkeeper Mert Gunok could do nothing with the first then he definitely should have done better with the second.
Alex Telles cross was directed at Cavani, the keeper came to collect it but he spilt the ball right into Fernandes' path, leaving him to knock the ball into the net.
After a long VAR check for offside, United were handed a penalty on 35 minutes but Fernandes handed responsibility over to Rashford, who made it 3-0.
United started their Champions League campaign by beating PSG and RB Leipzig, expected to be their hardest opponents in what was considered a 'group of death,' before losing the first game against Basaksehir
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