Bruno Fernandes explains his decision to assist Cavani’s first United goal

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Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has explained his decision to assist Edinson Cavani’s first goal for Manchester United, instead of try to complete his hat-trick on Saturday.

Fernandes got United level with a thumping header, after Everton got ahead via Bernard, and added a second with a smart finish to Pickford’s far left later in the game.

The Portuguese had a fine chance to make it three before the end of the game, when United broke free on the counter, but instead, opted to set up Cavani for his first goal for the club.

After the game, when Fernandes was asked why he passed up an opportunity to get his hat-trick, the midfielder said, “The point is winning the game. [I set up Edinson Cavani because] for a striker it is important to score for his confidence, he will be important for us and the first goal will give him confidence.

“I don’t need to think about a hat-trick, I need to think about the future. Every game is important, we are not good in the league so these three points are important.”

Fernandes also expressed belief he and his teammates will keep winning if they keep doing things right.

He added, “We have a game in hand so we can go closer to the top of the table. We are not the best team now, and we are not the worst team after Istanbul. We will get better if we do the right things.”