The two Portuguese stars clicked during Saturday’s comprehensive 4-1 victory for Manchester United against Newcastle with Fernandes insisting that the side will continue clicking in attack
Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will auto-play soon8CancelPlay nowCristiano Ronaldo scores double on second debut in picturesByColin MillarDigital Sports Writer
- 18:59, 11 Sep 2021
- Updated20:12, 11 Sep 2021
Bruno Fernandes has hit back at concerns that Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United will disrupt the side’s attacking system.
Ronaldo netted twice on his return to the club as he propelled Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to a comprehensive 4-1 victory at home to Newcastle on Saturday.
It was a celebratory day at Old Trafford with Fernandes blasting home United’s third with a superb long-range strike before substitute Jesse Lingard added a fourth goal late on.
Despite United enduring a stop-start first half performance, they clicked into gear when Ronaldo restored their lead in the second half and punished the visitors.
Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate during Manchester United's win over Newcastle on Saturday
Fernandes used his post-match interview to dismiss suggestions that his role at United would not be compatible with the return of Ronaldo, whom he plays alongside with Portugal.
The playmaker has not enjoyed the same level of success at international level as he has at United amid speculation that it may be because of Ronaldo’s presence in the side.
Both Portuguese stars are set-piece experts and each are keen to take penalties for their side, while they are often occupying similar areas of the pitch.
Juventus chief's telling reaction to Cristiano Ronaldo brace for Man Utd on debut
Marcus Rashford reacts to Cristiano Ronaldo's brace as Man Utd thump Newcastle
Fernandes – who played a role in helping Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford – rejected such speculation as he claimed that “good players can always play well together” and they were excited to play alongside each other.
Fernandes explained on Sky Sports after the game: "It was almost perfect if we did not concede. We are really happy and the performance in general was really good.
"Newcastle are really organised, defend well but we moved the ball quick and waited for the right moment to hit them.
Cristiano Ronaldo's response to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during Newcastle tie speaks volumes
Cristiano Ronaldo posts Old Trafford message just moments after scoring Man Utd brace
"It is something I am working on and today I got the chance and scored.
"Everyone knows what Cristiano Ronaldo brought for the club and we are really happy to have him. The most important, as he will say, is the result for the team. Good players can always play well together.
"We arrived at the end (of last season) with some mistakes but did really well. There has been an improvement in the club and now it is time to take the next step."
Can Ronaldo and Fernandes fire Man United to the Premier League title? Comment below
Cristiano Ronaldo protestors fly banner in support of rape accuser over Man Utd debut
Cristiano Ronaldo marks second Man Utd debut by breaking Premier League record
Ronaldo took to Instagram after the match to post: "My return to Old Trafford was just a brief reminder of why this stadium is known as the Theatre of Dreams.
"For me, it has always been a magical place where you can achieve everything you set your mind into.
"Along with all my teammates and with the amazing support that we always get from the stands, we face the road ahead with confidence and optimism that we’ll all be celebrating together in the end.
"Proud to be back at Man. United and playing in the Premier League once again, but above all, happy to help the team!
"Let’s go, Devils!"
Post-match, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told BBC Sport: "Ronaldo senses the big moments and is ruthless. He is clinical, has lifted the team and everyone around us.
"The fans can dream, we will keep our feet on the ground."
Do you want an exclusive pre-season preview of YOUR club – both in your inbox and through your letterbox? Head over here to find out more and secure your copy .
Comment MORE ON Bruno FernandesPremier LeagueCristiano RonaldoOle Gunnar SolskjaerNewcastle United FCManchester United FCMost Read