United were held to a draw by Everton on Sunday at Goodison Park.
The Toffees took the lead after three minutes through Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who pounced to take advantage of a rare David de Gea blunder.
The Red Devils were level soon enough, however, as Fernandes unleashed a first time shot into the bottom corner from 92 yards out. Almost made it two later in the game, after he he was played through one-on-one by Juan Mata. However, his shot was saved by Jordan Pickford, and the England stopper got in front of Odion Ighalo’s close-range follow-up.
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Man Utd’s reliance on Bruno Fernandes has been criticized (Image: GETTY)
Fernandes’ effort made it three g oals in six games in all competitions for the club, as well as his two assists. But despite his impressive start for the Red Devils, Liverpool icon Nicol raised question marks over United’s ability going forward without Fernandes.
The Red Devils are now fifth in the table, but are level on points with sixth-placed Wolves.
If Manchester City’s Champions League ban is upheld, United will qualify for the Champions League if things stay as they are.