Bruno Fernandes has credited an old Manchester United target for the stunning pass he played in the build-up to one of his side's goals against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils stormed into the EFL Cup final following a 2-0 win over Forest at Old Trafford, securing a 5-0 aggregate victory, with Anthony Martial and Fred both netting second half strikes.
Fernandes played a vital part in the second goal, lofting a gorgeous cross with the outside of his boot to Marcus Rashford at the back post, who then squared the ball to Fred for a tap-in.
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Speaking after the game, the Portugal star said he took inspiration from Ricardo Quaresma, the former Inter Milan, Barcelona and Chelsea winger who caught ex-United boss Ferguson's eye on more than one occasion.
"I learn from Quaresma. I have a great professor in Portugal, you have to learn with the players, you have to learn their tricks and you have to use them," the midfielder said.
United tried to sign Quaresma's twice, once when he was at Sporting Lisbon in 2002 – a few months before signing Quaresma's team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo – and again in 2008 when he was at Porto.
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The wing-wizard, who was part of Portugal's European Championship-winning side in 2016, had a disappointing loan spell at Stamford Bridge in 2009, making just five appearances for the west London club before sealing a move from parent club Inter to Besiktas.
The win over Forest is United's 10th in 12 matches since returning from the World Cup break.
Erik ten Hag's side are the only team in the Premier League still fighting on four fronts, with an FA Cup fifth clash with West Ham to come later this month, as well as a mouth-watering Europa League double header with Barcelona.
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