'Best player in the world': United fans go wild after Fernandes treble

‘Best player in the world’: Manchester United fans go wild after unstoppable Bruno Fernandes scores a hat-trick in thrashing of Leeds at Old Trafford… with some supporters claiming their side are already certainties for the Premier League title this season

  • Bruno Fernandes has been lavished with praise after his hat-trick against Leeds
  • The Portugal playmaker was on majestic form as United won 5-1 at Old Trafford
  • Ecstatic supporters predicted a Premier League title triumph led by Fernandes
  • Fernandes has now scored as many trebles for United as Cristiano Ronaldo did

Manchester United supporters have lauded hat-trick hero Bruno Fernandes as the best player in the world after the midfield maestro starred in their 5-1 opening-day thrashing of Leeds at Old Trafford.

Portugal playmaker Fernandes made a dream start to the new campaign, hitting a treble to torment the visitors and leave celebrating supporters boasting that United are certainties for the Premier League title this season.

Leeds had few answers as formidable Fernandes found the form that saw him dazzle the Premier League last term, although Marcelo Bielsa’s side were briefly level after Luke Ayling replied to the 31st-minute opener from the man they could not resist.

Brilliant Bruno Fernandes (centre) took home the match ball as Man United hammered Leeds

United fans were in no mood for playing down Fernandes’ outstanding midfield performance

‘Just give us the title already’, thundered one viewer, envisaging a Fernandes-inspired United emphatically closing a final gap last season of 12 points on their title-winning city rivals.

‘Bigger than Manchester City,’ added another, claiming that Fernandes will eclipse the likes of Jack Grealish, who is expected to shine at City following his arrival from Aston Villa for £100m.

Critics who tease Fernandes over the penalties that have beefed up his Premier League record – 13 of his 29 league goals have come from the spot – had few arguments after all three of his efforts were scored in open play.

There were a couple of uncertain moments as Leeds unsuccessfully contested that Fernandes’ second had not crossed the line and VAR checked the goal that sealed his hat-trick.

United fans inside a packed Old Trafford were thrilled – and social media exploded with praise

A match into the new campaign, some supporters already believe United are set for the title

Others believe that Fernandes’ hat-trick showed he is the best ever to have played for United

Ex-United and England star Rio Ferdinand noted that Fernandes and Paul Pogba were on fire

Majestic Fernandes was not to be denied, though, as his admirers gushed that he is the ‘greatest United player ever’ and noted that he also outshone a terrific performance by engine room partner Paul Pogba.

The France superstar provided a remarkable four assists, setting up Fernandes’ first two goals and teeing up Mason Greenwood and Fred as United strolled to a memorable victory.

‘Bruno times Pogba show at Old Trafford,’ observed former United defender Rio Ferdinand, hailing the atmosphere as a full house returned to the stadium for the first time since the pandemic began.

The goals were Fernandes’ first for the club since he scored in a 4-2 defeat against Liverpool on May 13.

Leeds will be sick of the sight of the former Sporting magician, who netted twice against them in a 6-2 win on the same turf in December – the last occasion on which Fernandes scored more than once in a Premier League match.

Fernandes has now equalled the number hat-tricks scored by another inspirational Portuguese in United’s hall of fame, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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