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Manchester United: Fernandes may have cost his team top four

Manchester United have surely crushed their top-four chances after falling to a 3-1 defeat at The Emirates this afternoon, now leaving them six points adrift of Arsenal.

Ralf Rangnick’s team were thrown into an end to end game against the Gunners, struggling to control possession (44%) and offering up fewer shots on target than their hosts – something which ultimately led to them not taking anything from the match.

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In truth, United couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start, with Nuno Tavares opening up the scoring in the third minute, before Bukayo Saka doubled the Gunners’ lead from the spot just after the half-hour mark.

Cristiano Ronaldo made sure that his return to the pitch was noticed with a defiant response to Saka’s penalty, bagging a goal of his own just two minutes later – bringing Manchester United back into the game before half-time.

However, the visitors were unable to even up the scoreline in the second half – with Ronaldo seeing his second goal denied by VAR and Bruno Fernandes missing a golden opportunity by smashing his penalty against the woodwork.

The game ended 3-1 with Granit Xhaka killing the tie in the 70th minute, and supporters of the Red Devils must have been furious when the final whistle was blown, as yet again their team failed to take their chance to climb the league table.

And, while Raphael Varane very much had a game to forget in the heart of the United defence, the player who will be most disappointed with his own performance is Fernandes – who could have single-handily crushed Manchester United’s top-four hopes.

Not only did the Portuguese midfielder dubbed “embarrassing” by journalist Ben McKenna miss his golden opportunity to equalise from the spot, but he also failed to hit the target with a single shot, completed just 22 passes and was unsuccessful with 100% of his dribbles.

Indeed, these statistics show how completely ineffective the 27-year-old was on Saturday afternoon, as the Portugal international was a very much passenger for his side, and Rangnick will surely be disappointed that the player failed to deliver when it really mattered.

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Manchester United now find themselves trailing behind in the race for the top four, and will find themselves even further worse off if Tottenham Hotspur can get a result from their game against Brentford this evening, leaving Champions League qualification dreams in doubt.

AND in other news: Ten Hag targeting £42m talent as his first MUFC signing, it could be bye-bye Maguire

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