Bruno Fernandes insists Marcus Rashford can handle the pressure of being a Man United player… after the forward bounced back from ’12-hour tequila bender’ with a goal in his side’s dramatic 4-3 win at Wolves
Bruno Fernandes insists Marcus Rashford can handle the heat of playing for Manchester United after the controversial striker scored in his side’s 4-3 win against Wolves.
The England forward returned to Erik ten Hag’s starting line-up at Molineux after taking the blame for what was described as a ’12-hour tequila bender’ which led to him missing training and last Sunday’s win at Newport due to illness.
Ten Hag was reluctant to speak at length about Rashford after the win, but United captain Fernandes backed the 26-year-old to come through this offence.
“Marcus was the same, that’s what he’s capable of,” says Fernandes. ‘That’s what he has to do. This season hasn’t been great for everyone, not just Marcus, but we know some players get more scrutiny than others.
“Everyone has a point to prove, not just Marcus because of the news that came out, or whatever he’s done on the media side. Everyone must act in games. It’s not just Marcus, it’s everyone else who is on the field.
Marcus Rashford got on the scoresheet in Man United’s dramatic 4-3 win against Wolves
Bruno Fernandes believes Rashford has shown he can handle the pressure at Man United
Rashford returned after going on a reported 12-hour tequila bender in Belfast last week
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‘You have to do the work. Marcus scored a great goal, we know his qualities, we know what he can do and what he can give to the team.
“Marcus knows what it means to be a United player more than I do because he’s been here all his life. I think he’s the one who can get on with it better than anyone else.’
Ten Hag was full of praise for young midfielder Kobbie Mainoo, who capped a superb performance with the stoppage-time winner, although he was frustrated to see his side claw back to 3-3 after going 3-1 up.
He added: ‘His progress is great to see. I have mixed feelings about the win because we need to hammer some mistakes out of the team. But then you saw the resilience of the team and it shows the character in the dressing room is right and the spirit is very good.’
Rashford and Rasmus Hojlund gave United a 2-0 lead and after Pablo Sarabia’s penalty, Scott McTominay restored the visitors’ two-goal cushion. That was canceled out by Max Kilman and Pedro Neto, and Wolves looked set for a point before Mainoo’s late strike.
Wolves boss Gary O’Neil said: ‘We look a very good team at times and we just have to keep trying to improve.’
Kobbie Mainoo (left) scored a late winner and was praised by Erik ten Hag for his performance