BRUNO FERNANDES was hailed “best in the world” by Manchester United fans as he produced a HAT-TRICK of assists in a record win for Portugal.
The 29-year-old midfielder even managed to get on the scoresheet himself as his country thumped Luxembourg 9-0 in Monday’s Euro 2024 qualifier.
Bruno Fernandes grabbed a hat-trick of assists and a goal against LuxembourgCredit: Reuters
Fernandes turned it on in the 12th minute at the Estadio Algarve as he used the outside of his foot to cross the ball onto the head of Goncalo Inacio for the opener.
He then turned provider for Inacio again just before the break at the end of the first half.
And he grabbed his third assist in the second period, floating a beautiful ball over the top for Liverpool’s Diogo Jota to race on and finish to make it 5-0.
Fernandes then added his name to the goal glut by drilling home from close-range for the eighth in the nine-goal rout.
Despite he and United’s rollercoaster start to the campaign in the Premier League, that continued his incredible form on the international stage.
No player has been directly involved in more Euro qualifying goals than Fernandes so far thanks to his four assists and three goals in six matches.
And after clips of his latest outstanding performance for Portugal hit social media, United fans quickly took to Twitter to hail their maestro.
“Best in the world,” declared one as another said he was “running the show”.
Another called him “Magnifico” as a fellow United supporter labelled the ace a “creative machine”.
The result was also the biggest victory in Portugal’s history – beating the 8-0 they racked up against both Liechtenstein and Kuwait.
And they will qualify for next summer’s Euros in Germany with three games to spare if they win at home against second-placed Slovakia on October 13 and Luxembourg fail to win away at Iceland.