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Manchester United got their Premier League campaign off to a flying start on Saturday afternoon with a 5-1 victory over Leeds United.
Old Trafford was packed for the first time since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic as supporters watched Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have a dream beginning to the new season.
Bruno Fernandes scored a hat-trick on the day, whilst Mason Greenwood and Fred were also on the scoresheet for the Red Devils.
But the Portuguese midfielder was quick to point out his teammate Paul Pogba, who registered an impressive four assists before he was substituted on 75 minutes.
“People discuss about the quality of Paul but the quality of him shouldn’t be discussed,” Fernandes told BT Sport at full time.
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“We know what he can do and he showed that. He’s really important for us and we know we can expect this type of performance from Paul.”
Fernandes himself put in a display worthy of plaudits as he became the 10th player to score a hat-trick on the opening weekend of a Premier League season.
“My achievement every season is to be better than the last one. So, every goal and every performance means that I want to do better in the next one.
“I scored three goals but there’s a long way to go.”
United’s two new signings were in attendance at Old Trafford as Jadon Sancho made his debut for the Red Devils, replacing Daniel James with 15 minutes left to play.
The club also unveiled their new centre half Raphael Varane prior to kick off in front of a packed Old Trafford.
Fernandes continued: “We know the quality of the players who are coming in now, but the team was already pretty good.
“We did well last season and the team was growing. This season we have to do better.
“This was a statement and from now we have to go again. Game by game we have to do something with that mentality.”
The Reds are next in action against Southampton as they travel to St Mary’s on Sunday August 22.