Europa League: Fernandes Scores Brace As Man Utd Crushed Real Sociedad

Bruno Fernandes was on target twice as Manchester United cruised to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad in their Europa League last-32 first leg on Thursday.

United started strongly in the game and took the lead in the 27th minute when Fernandes pounced on a defensive mix-up to slot in from Marcus Rashford‘s clipped pass.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men doubled their advantage 12 minutes into the second period as Fernandes again stroked home his 21st goal of the season.

The effort was initially ruled out for offside before the linesman’s decision was overruled by VAR.

United continued to play at a pace Sociedad could not deal with and Rashford finally got his goal in the 65th minute following a blistering counter-attack started by goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

The tie was surely put to bed in the final minute of normal time as Daniel James raced clear and fired into the bottom corner.

Solskjaer’s United are all but into the last 16, with four ‘away’ goals to take into the return game in a week’s time, after the first leg was played in Turin due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

“We know 4-0 is a good result but we have to be aware of what they can do,” Fernandes told BT Sport. “My target is to score the most goals I can, that is my position. The only target is to win trophies.”

The second leg will be played next Thursday at Old Trafford.