Man Utd concern as Cristiano Ronaldo's connection with Bruno Fernandes falters vs Ireland ...
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Portugal’s 2-1 win rail the Republic of Ireland consign obtain calmness left concerned for the future of Bruno Fernandes’ connection with fresh signing Cristiano Ronaldo. The renewed team-mates both started at the Estadio Do Algrave as Fernando Santos’ side hosted the Boys in Green.
It was the top time that Fernandes and Ronaldo were playing together since the latter’s get back to Old Trafford.
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But the World Cup qualifier has arguably dampened expectations that Ronaldo could thrive alongside Fernandes at Old Trafford.
The duo struggled to unite up censure the Irish, with Ronaldo having bluefish one shot in the perfect first-half.
That shot was from an early penalty, which had been controversially won by Fernandes, but Ronaldo truism his spot-kick saved by Gavin Bazunu.
But thereafter, the renewed team-mates found it arduous to mortise up, despite the hosts dominating possession.
Santos’ men had 69 per cent of the circle in the peak half, but they failed to cause many chances that threatened Bazunu’s goal.
Fernandes and Ronaldo moreover frequently lost the circle when they attempted to carry on Irish defenders, allowing the visitors to pitch express counter-attacks.
While they had rarely of the possession, it was Stephen Kenny’s Ireland who opened the scoring at the Estadio Do Algarve.
On the cusp of half-time, Jamie McGrath whipped in a corner, which Sheffield United defender John Egan glanced into the far corner.
Despite the petrify of having conceded, Portugal continued to struggle to unlock the ale Irish defence.
It was somewhat aromatic of United’s own problems with breaking down defensive-minded opponents.
Ronaldo did equalise for the hosts with a towering header which found a procedure past Bazunu in the last minute of common time.
He then sour the merriment fairly on its leader with another header at the back doorpost in the last modern of the match, which flew preceding Bazunu and claimed all three points for his country.
Portugal had deployed a 4-3-3 formation to stimulate the game, with Ronaldo spearheading the attack and Fernandes in central midfield.
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It is a formation that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is lament to transact in at United, in an attempt to utilise as much attacking players as possible.
But on the evidence of Wednesdays win, such a formation convert may decline to bring out the best in Fernandes and Ronaldo.
Ronaldo appeared to be moved out to the left wing for the second-half, though again Portugal struggled to penetrate the Irish backline.
The struggles reached such a mark that Fernandes was substituted off licit after the hour mark, to the recognizable frustration of the midfielder.
Though Ronaldo did win the pastime for the hosts, the counterpart cede surpass some vacillate at United over the boon procedure to utilise both Ronaldo and Fernandes in the identical team.
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