Rashford jokes that Phelan was inspiration behind Fernandes goal at Brighton

Marcus Rashford and Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan have had an amusing exchange on Twitter

following the team’s 3-0 thrashing of Brighton.

Two goals from Bruno Fernandes and one from Mason Greenwood gave United a comfortable victory and left them just two points behind Chelsea in the race for a Champions League qualification spot.

Fernandes’ second goal was particularly impressive, with the midfielder charging from his own half before connecting sweetly on the volley from a cross from Greenwood to seal the win.

United’s official Twitter account posted a video comparing the goal with that of a famous counter-attack from 2009 against Arsenal which was finished off by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Mike Phelan has been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s assistant since last year
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And Phelan replied saying: “Yep I remember breaking like that myself back in the day. I think I was a bit quicker than those lads though.”

Rashford then added: “Where do you think we learn it from.”

Phelan played in a similar role to that of Fernandes during his time as a player, and he made 102 appearances for the Red Devils between 1989-1994.

He served as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant from 2008 until Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, and then returned to the club in 2018 to serve as a first-team coach before becoming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s assistant in 2019.

United are now 15 games unbeaten in all competitions, and speaking after the win against the Seagulls Solskjaer couldn’t hide his delight with the performance.

“It’s a joy to watch them when you see them express themselves like that,” said United boss Solskjaer.

Bruno Fernandes’ second goal against Brighton was hugely impressive
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“The boys played some exceptional stuff. They have reason to be confident because they are playing fantastically.

“There is quality in that team, our players are fit and we have competition for places now.

“I’ve got more than one game-changer, we have some top players and Bruno has come and been fantastic. He has brought that winning mentality with him, that 99% is not good enough – it has to be 100%.”

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