During Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Brentford on Wednesday night, Bruno Fernandes was seen on camera giving David De Gea a little kick. The goal by Marcus Rashford secured the Red Devils all three points. After a tense match at Old Trafford, the result has strengthened their chances of finishing in the top four in the Premier League.
De Gea needed treatment after making a superb save to put Brentford at bay with United leading 1-0.
However, Fernandes, eager for the game to restart, gave his goalie a little kick as he was being treated on the field.
The Portugal international was clearly eager for the game to resume, with United wanting to build on their recent win.
Despite being down for several minutes, De Gea, 32, was eventually given the go-ahead to continue.
The shot-stopper didn’t have much to do throughout the game, but Erik ten Hag praised him afterward for his heroics.
“David is there when you need him, and when you lose focus, mistakes happen,” the 53-year-old told BBC Match of the Day.
“We want to play as a machine, without making mistakes.” We made one error, which fortunately did not help them, and it was also because of David de Gea’s performance.
“Of course, this is a huge win for the Premier League, particularly against Brentford.”
“They have only lost one game in 16 games.” It’s never easy to play against them and beat them, but we did, and I’m pleased with my team tonight.
“This gives us energy, so we have to maintain it and go to Saturday [against Everton], which is another big game.”
Ten Hag lauded Rashford in a separate interview with Sky Sports but said the forward needs more help when it comes to scoring goals.
“Very good, but we can talk about it almost every game, and when he isn’t in the game, like on Sunday, it’s bad for us,” he said.
“We have to bring him into the game, but he also has to accept responsibility, as do the other players.”
“So I was really pleased with the performance of Jadon Sancho, Antony, and Marcel Sabitzer because they were a threat throughout the game and they can do it.” Anthony Martial’s return can benefit us, so we have options.
“If we had gotten the second goal, life would have been a lot easier, but now you have to fight until the end.”
“We showed the passion and desire that was missing on Sunday.” We had forgotten about our standards, but if we are to be successful in the remaining phases of the season, we must return to them.
“This has to give us energy, but here we go.” Saturday is another crucial game; it will be a tough game, and we know we need the energy to overcome Everton.”
Meanwhile, Brentford manager Thomas Frank was disappointed with his team’s inability to score.
“I think it’s a very good picture of how disappointed we are that we didn’t get something from this game,” he added. “It shows how far we have come when we go to Old Trafford against Manchester United and the disappointment is big among the players and me.”
“We didn’t play well in some areas, particularly in the first half.”
“In the second half, we had a big chance through Kevin [Schade], and we eventually forced them to play a back five.”
“In the first half, we didn’t play well and didn’t create any chances, and then, ironically, we conceded on a set piece, which we are very good at.”
“I’m disappointed, but it’s another sign of how far we’ve come.”
“The strange thing is that after the goal, we got more into the game, were more in control, and could and should have scored.” Kevin had the opportunity.
“We didn’t hit the ball at the highest level, and our players didn’t keep the ball well enough, which cost us.”
“It demonstrates a lot of the team’s mentality, the discipline to keep going.” We had the opportunity to return, and we forced some circumstances without creating enough.
“We need to get back on track right away, and we have a game on Saturday with everything on the line.”