Bruno Fernandes Fires Twice as United Salvage Cherries Draw


Manchester United battled back twice to earn a 2-2 draw against Bournemouth in a thrilling Premier League encounter at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Bruno Fernandes was the hero for the visitors, netting a brace to salvage a point.

United knew they needed a strong response after dropping seven points from winning positions in their previous three league matches.

However, it was Bournemouth who made the brighter start, dominating the opening 15 minutes. Their early pressure paid off when Dominic Solanke capitalized on a defensive lapse from Willy Kambwala, firing a superb finish into the bottom corner.

Buoyed by their lead, the Cherries nearly doubled their advantage, but Milos Kerkez and Luis Sinisterra couldn’t convert their opportunities. United then equalized against the run of play through captain Fernandes, who reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box, rifling a strike into the roof of the net.

Undaunted, Bournemouth retook the lead when Justin Kluivert cut inside and finished confidently past Andre Onana. The end-to-end nature continued, with Kerkez and Fernandes both hitting the woodwork before halftime.

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The second half followed a similar pattern, with Kluivert and Solanke squandering chances for the hosts. Despite being on the backfoot, United were gifted an equalizer when Adam Smith was penalized for handball, allowing Fernandes to convert from the spot.

Both teams pushed for a winner in the closing stages, but a late overturned penalty for Bournemouth meant the points were shared. The draw extends Bournemouth’s unbeaten home run to five matches, while United remain 10 points off the Champions League spots with six games remaining.

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