Bruno Fernandes earns Manchester United vital win as Crystal Palace hammer Leeds

Bruno Fernandes scored twice in the first half as Manchester United came from behind
Bruno Fernandes scored twice in the first half as Manchester United came from behind (PA Wire)
17:00pm, Sat 07 Nov 2020
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Bruno Fernandes scored twice as Manchester United won 3-1 at Everton to lift some of the pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United arrived at Goodison Park on the back of the club’s worst start to a league season since 1989-90, following a Premier League defeat to Arsenal and an embarrassing European loss away at Istanbul Basaksehir.

Everton, with England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford back in the starting XI, had taken the lead after 19 minutes through Brazilian forward Bernard following a knockdown by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Portugal international Fernandes, though, turned the match around with a double strike in the space of seven minutes.

Fernandes headed in an equaliser on 25 minutes and then put United in front when his cross crept in off the far post.

In stoppage time, substitute Edinson Cavani scored his first goal for the club following a swift counter-attack to give Solskjaer some much-needed breathing space, with United now 13th.

In Saturday’s only 3pm kick-off, Crystal Palace beat Leeds 4-1 at Selhurst Park.

Eberechi Eze (right) celebrated his first goal for Crystal Palace with a fine free-kick (PA Wire)

Scott Dann headed in a corner to give put the Eagles in front after 12 minutes.

Leeds thought they had equalised in the 16th minute through Patrick Bamford, but the striker was ruled marginally offside following a VAR review.

Palace made it 2-0 after 22 minutes when Eberechi Eze curled a 25-yard free-kick over the wall and into the top corner, his first goal since arriving from QPR in the summer.

Leeds reduced the deficit just five minutes later when Bamford slotted in a knockdown from Mateusz Klich for a seventh goal of the campaign.

The home side went 3-1 up just before half-time when Helder Costa deflected a cross from Patrick Van Aanholt past Illan Meslier at the near post.

Jordan Ayew added a fourth Palace goal in the 69th minute after being played in by Wilfried Zaha.

The Eagles climb into the top six, while Leeds drop to 14th.

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