Bruno Fernandes says Kobbie Mainoo deserved Man of the Match award ahead of Alejandro Garnacho after Manchester United beat Everton

Bruno Fernandes presented Alejandro Garnacho with the Man of the Match award after Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Everton (Sky Sports)

Bruno Fernandes told Alejandro Garnacho he didn’t deserve his Man of the Match award after Manchester United’s 3-0 victory over Everton on Sunday.

Garnacho opened the scoring in the third minute at Goodison Park with a sublime overhead kick which will be a strong contender for goal of the season.

United were fortunate not to concede before the break as Everton battled back but Erik ten Hag’s side then doubled their lead in the 56th minute through Marcus Rashford’s penalty.

Anthony Martial wrapped up the win for the visitors with a goal with 15 minutes remaining, while the victory leaves Ten Hag’s men sixth in the Premier League and just six points behind leaders Arsenal.

Garnacho was handed the Man of the Match award for his brilliant goal, although Gary Neville acknowledged during his commentary for Sky Sports that Kobbie Mainoo should have received the recognition for his superb performance at the heart of United’s midfield.

And when asked to present the award to Garnacho after the game, Fernandes said: ‘I don’t think he deserves but okay.’

Alejandro Garnacho scored a brilliant overhead kick to put Manchester United in front against Everton (AP)

Speaking about Garnacho’s overall performance, Fernandes added: ‘I’ll give him a good note just for the goal. But that’s because he knows I have big expectations for him.

‘He’s not a great player yet, but he has a big future ahead. We expect a lot from him. He knows that, even more from me. I’ll always be behind him asking for more. Amazing goal though.’

Bruno Fernandes says Kobbie Mainoo was Manchester United’s Man of the Match against Everton (Getty)

When asked in a separate interview about Mainoo’s display, Fernandes told BBC’s Match of the Day: ‘Great game, for me man of the match, a great performance and secure on the ball and never puts a foot wrong.

‘He is always ready to help, for his age he has too much quality.

‘He sees the play before and did so many good things today he was secure on the ball.’

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