Bruno Fernandes has sent a strong message to the Manchester United fans after signing a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2026, with the option to extend for a further year.
The Portugal playmaker has contributed 49 goals and added 39 assists in just 117 games for United since joining from Sporting Lisbon in a deal worth up to €80million in January 2020.
Fernandes has created more chances than any other United player during his time at the club. He has also been named Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award twice.
Speaking after penning the contract, Fernandes said: “From the moment that I joined Manchester United, I have had a special relationship with the club and our amazing fans. I grew up watching this team, dreaming of getting the chance to play here one day.
“That dream is now a reality and an honour.
“Even after two years, it still feels amazing to step out at Old Trafford, to hear the fans sing my song and to score in front of the Stretford End. It is a true privilege to wear this shirt and to fight for our incredible club.
Man Utd fans deserve trophies
“There is so much more that I want to achieve here, and I know that is the same for the rest of the squad and staff. More than anything, we want to give the fans the success that they deserve.
“We have shared some great moments over the last years, but the best is yet to come from myself and this team.”
Football director John Murtough added: “Everyone is well aware of Bruno’s importance to Manchester United. His goals and assists record is phenomenal and he has performed remarkably consistently since he joined the club.
“Bruno’s work-rate, dedication and fantastic attitude are exactly what we want from a Manchester United player. He is the ultimate professional with many fantastic attributes to drive the high standards required to play for this great club.
“Bruno, like everyone across the football club, remains hugely ambitious and determined to deliver sustained success on the pitch to get us back to challenging for titles.”
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Premier League Gives Reason Why Jordan Ayew Was Not Sent Off Against Everton
Jordan Ayew’s tackle on Anthony Gordon during Everton’s game against Crystal Palace was described as “reckless”, but was not believed to have warranted a red card through VAR.
The Blues found themselves 2-0 down at the break thanks to a header from Jean-Philippe Mateta and a strike from Ayew himself, just a couple of minutes after a hugely contentious challenge.
Right in front of the two dugouts, the Palace forward scythed down his opponent in what looked like a scissor motion.
Everton’s players were incensed and instantly surrounded referee Anthony Taylor. However, the official quickly had a yellow card in his hand and cautioned the Palace man.
The ECHO understands the decision was assessed by VAR Mike Dean, but it was decided that it did not meet the threshold for a red card. It was described as “reckless” which is classed as a yellow card offence.
This adds to a host of decisions that Everton have felt aggrieved by over the course of the season, including most recently a decision to not award Richarlison a penalty against Brentford shortly before Jarrad Branthwaite was handed a red card.
Billy Sharp Headbutt Gets Nottingham Forest Fan Arrested
A Nottingham Forest fan who headbutted Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp during a pitch invasion has been jailed for 24 weeks and been handed a 10-year football banning order, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on Thursday.
Robert Biggs, 30, invaded the pitch after Forest won their Championship playoff semifinal against United and made a beeline for Sharp, who was standing by the touchline before he was knocked to the ground.
A 10-year football banning order is maximum length available to the courts.
The CPS authorised charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and Biggs pleaded guilty.
“This was an extremely serious and unprovoked assault with a professional footballer standing at the side of the pitch left requiring stitches,” Marianne Connally from the CPS said.
“Biggs has soured what should have been an incredible moment for the club and its fans. As a result of his actions, he won’t be able to enjoy seeing his club compete in the Premier League should Forest win the Championship playoff final.”
Sharp, who spent a season on loan at Forest, said he would not let one “scumbag” ruin his respect for the club’s fans.
“One mindless idiot ruined what was an unbelievable night of football,” Sharp wrote on Twitter.
Forest beat United on penalties to set up a Championship playoff final against Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium on May 29.