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Bruno Fernandes willing to play through pain as Man Utd defeat Aston Villa

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes says he played through the pain barrier to help his side beat Aston Villa in their Premier League clash today.

The Portuguese midfielder picked up a knock in United’s FA Cup triumph over Brighton & Hove Albion.

There were pictures of him in protective gear and with crutches by his side.

United manager Erik ten Hag said he was doubtful for their midweek clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

However, Fernandes started the Spurs game. He provided the assist for Marcus Rashford’s goal just before half-time.

He started today’s clash and scored the only goal at Old Trafford, finishing off a rebound following a save by Emiliano Martinez.

Fernandes has never missed a game through injury in his professional career.

He said (via Man United’s official website): “I’m happy to never be in in a condition that doesn’t make me get out of games.

“But, obviously, I had a knock in the FA Cup semi-final and that still hurts a little bit. But I can play – I can still help the team and when the manager needs me.

“I will be available for the team to help because I think it’s important to me to play as much as I can. But obviously, I want to try to be in the best condition and try to not get ill and everything like that.

“Trying to eat healthy enough to be in the best conditions to play every game.”

Fernandes has made 52 appearances for United this term, bagging 11 goals and 14 assists.

He believes United are not done in the Premier League despite being in the top four and is eager to cement a place in the Champions League.

The Reds Devils have 63 points, two behind third-placed Newcastle United but with a game in hand over the Magpies.

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