Bruno Fernandes reveals five Man Utd stars who stay behind training longest and says Solskjaer even has to kick him out
BRUNO FERNANDES has revealed the five Manchester United stars who consistently stay late after training – including himself.
The Portuguese ace, 26, climbed off the bench to score an incredible, match-winning free-kick against Liverpool on Sunday to send his side into the fifth-round of the FA Cup.
Fernandes revealed hours of practice went into the strike – despite knowing he wouldn't be starting the game – while admitting he's not the only player to stay late after training.
In fact, the ex-Sporting Lisbon star revealed his training obsession is so great, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to kick him out to get him to go home.
Asked about Sunday's free-kick, Fernandes told the Man Utd website: "I think almost every day [Solskjaer] has to kick me out of the training to stop.
“I’m always working on that kind of situation.
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"I like to watch and learn from Juan [Mata] because I think he is a really good specialist.
"I think in training we stay there most of the time – me and Juan stay longer…
"But also Alex [Telles], Rashy [Marcus Rashford] and Fred stay with us.”
Fernandes admitted he knows he's not a certainty to take United's set-pieces though, despite his incredible conversion rate.
The midfielder added: "I think normally a little bit more long distance is for Rashy.
"I think he feels more comfortable [from there], for me it is the same, to go the [closer] distance.
"I think closer to the box is better for me, for the kind of shot I have.
"If Juan and Alex are on the pitch it’s a chance for them, more on the right side.
"I think we have good free-kick specialists. I think we have some players who can take [good free-kicks].
"It depends on the moment and in that moment, I felt I was confident to take the free-kick.
"It was me and luckily it was a goal."
Meanwhile, Fernandes revealed his free-kick was inspired by some advice from savvy veteran Edinson Cavani.
The Portuguese star told BBC Sport: "Edi, before the free-kick, told me: ‘Try a hard one on the side of the keeper’.
"I tried it and it went in well."
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