Chelsea supporters have claimed Bruno Fernandes is just poor imitation of Blues midfielder Jorginho after the Manchester United ace scored from the penalty spot against Club Brugge. The Portuguese star replicated Jorginho’s distinctive spot-kick technique to put the Red Devils ahead in the second leg of their Europa League tie against Club Brugge.
With the clash level at 1-1 after the first leg, United were offered the chance to take the advantage at Old Trafford when Simon Deli conceded a penalty for deliberate handball.
The Ivorian was shown a straight red card for tipping Fernandes’ goal-bound shot away, although the decision was subjected to a VAR review.
Fernandes retained his composure despite the long wait and calmly slotted home past Brugge stopper Simon Mignolet.
The United playmaker included a peculiar hop in his run-up, made familiar by Chelsea dead-ball specialist Jorginho.
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The Italian customarily performs a big jump just before striking a penalty, and Fernandes looks to have adopted an identical technique.
The 25-year-old opened his United account from the spot against Watford last week, utilising Jorginho’s style.
And he brought it out again tonight to put the Red Devils ahead before Odion Ighalo doubled the lead shortly afterwards, tapping home his first goal for the club since arriving on loan in January.
Chelsea fans have been quick to point out Fernandes’ copycat behaviour on Twitter, with one saying: “Surely Jorginho has a case for suing Fernandes for copyright infringement now.”
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“Jorginho has definitely been giving Bruno Fernandes private lessons on how to take a classy penalty,” said one Blues supporter.
“Bruno Fernandes going full Jorginho” and “Fernandes really is a poor Jorginho copy lol” were other responses spotted.
One fan said: “I hear Bruno Fernandes has Jorginho posters in his bedroom.”
“Bruno Fernandes is just a wannabe Jorginho,” replied another.
“Bruno Fernandes wears Jorginho pyjamas” and “Fernandes wants to be Jorginho so bad” were other replies as Chelsea fans piled in on the argument.
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However, one Twitter user defended Fernandes by saying: “Let’s get this straight. Its not a Jorginho-style penalty. It’s a Bruno Fernandes-style penalty.”
Fernandes now has two goals and and two assists in four games for United, having joined from Sporting CP in the January transfer window.
The Portuguese playmaker had already scored 15 times across all competitions this season, while also providing 14 assists for the Primeira Liga giants before his big-money move.
Fernandes’ attacking qualities will be vital if United are to continue competing on multiple fronts this season.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping United can replicate their Europa League triumph from the 2016/17, while also securing a top-four finish in the Premier League.
The Red Devils are currently fifth, four points behind Chelsea and a further six behind Leicester.
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