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GARY NEVILLE was quick to compare Bruno Fernandes' amazing goal to one from Manchester United's glory days last night - but made a small mistake while doing so.

The £55million signing justified every penny of his move once again when volleying in his second in the 3-0 win over Brighton.

 Fernandes' brilliant strike last night reminded Neville of a similar United goal from 2009
Fernandes' brilliant strike last night reminded Neville of a similar United goal from 2009Credit: EPA

The move that led to the goal was textbook United under Sir Alex Ferguson.


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First, Nemanja Matic collected a clearance from United's own box and released Mason Greenwood down the left.

The 18-year-old - who scored United's first - ate up the yards and chipped over an inch-perfect cross for Fernandes.

He took it first time, hammering the strike past Mathew Ryan.

Sky Sports commentator Neville compared the goal to the one United scored against Arsenal in their 2009 Champions League semi-final second-leg clash.

That rapid-counter attack was set up by Ji-Sung Park and Wayne Rooney and finished off by Cristiano Ronaldo.

But when calling the action last night, United legend Neville mistakenly credited Nani - who recently showed off his eight-pack abs - instead of Park.

 Fernandes' goal last night was almost a carbon copy of the one Ronaldo scored in 2009
Fernandes' goal last night was almost a carbon copy of the one Ronaldo scored in 2009Credit: EPA

Neville said: "Well that was Ronaldo, Rooney and Nani, Arsenal, back in the late 2000s. The speed of that counter-attack!

"What shouldn't be underestimated is that header from Maguire. It's a really good one. Height, distance, clears it.

"Brilliant from Matic, and then they're away.

"What was alarming was Rashford's speed in getting there [to the edge of the box], and his run makes it because Dan Burn then has to cover in and it leaves Fernandes at the back post.

"And you're just asking the question 'has he got the technique and the ability to be able to finish it?'

"Brilliant from Greenwood. Everything is perfect.

"The precision in this counter-attack is absolutely delightful to watch, and it's a finish to match. What a goal!"

Neville added that this United can go onto achieve great things with more players like Fernandes - but that they must spend in the summer.


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He said: "What I would say, I would urge a word of caution; Manchester United are sixth in this league, they've got a squad that's definitely improving with young players I think the fans like but theres definitely work to do in the transfer market to get this team to a title winning team.

"It's definitely a step in the right direction.

"Some of the players are progressing year on year, month on month, but there's still more needed, a lot more needed, three or four players of high quality, of the Bruno Fernandes type that would get them to a point where they can start to challenge."

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