Bruno Fernandes says Manchester United are ‘building something important’ after moving second

“I think today Paul was top,” Fernandes said. “The first goal he makes a good skill, he comes off from a player so easily.

“But we all know the qualities he has. I think it is not in doubt.

“I hope people is not in doubt on the qualities of Paul because we know he can play, he can help us and he can play really well, and today he did it. He was (involved) in both goals.

“In the penalty you see one of the best he can do, cover the ball and going away from his player, and I think he will give more and more and more with the confidence coming game after game.”

United now take a brief break from Premier League action as attention turns to the domestic cups. Watford arrive at Old Trafford in the FA Cup third round next Saturday, but first comes a crunch Carabao Cup semi-final against rivals Manchester City on Wednesday.

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“Perfect start (to 2021), three points so we have to look forward now to keep doing well,” Fernandes told club media.

“We have another competition to play and we want to be in the final, so now time to recover, take the energy back to us and try to win that game.”

United are set to be boosted in the coming weeks by the arrival of 18-year-old Amad Diallo from Atalanta in a deal reaching 41million euros (£36.3million) and Solskjaer suggested he is not thinking about other January deals.

Returning players means Villa counterpart Dean Smith is not desperate for additions but said the club is ready to act for the right player.

“I think our run of games that we’ve just had and the performances showed us we’ve certainly got enough strength within this squad,” he said.

“We’ve got Ross Barkley, Trezeguet and Wesley to come back and Tom Heaton’s back now.

“We’ve got a number of players coming back so we’ve certainly got depth within the squad but we’ll never turn our nose up at any good deal that might come our way so we’ll always be looking.”

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