Bruno Fernandes takes a furious swipe at Brighton’s ‘ankle-breaking’ tackle from Joel Veltman

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Bruno Fernandes furiously claims Brighton’s late dropout Joel Veltman ‘nearly broke’ his ankle – with Manchester United talisman missing Marcus Rashford’s goal while in pain

  • Manchester United fought back from behind to claim a nervous win over Brighton
  • Bruno Fernandes set Marcus Rashford as the ace to knock United back
  • Joel Veltman jumped in to take on Fernandes, but clattered his right ankle instead
  • Fernandes told MUTV after the game the late challenge ‘almost broke’ his ankle

An enraged Bruno Fernandes has claimed a late tackle from Joel Veltman in Manchester United’s win over Brighton ‘nearly broke’ his ankle.

The United talisman remained on the ground after being smashed by the defender – and looked visibly painful as Marcus Rashford stroked the leveler home.

Both Edinson Cavani and Fernandes loudly expressed their anger at referee Mike Dean, but the latter managed to pick themselves up again and play a key role in the hosts’ victory.

Bruno Fernandes claimed a late tackle from Brighton's Joel Veltman 'almost broke' his ankle

Bruno Fernandes claimed a late tackle from Brighton’s Joel Veltman ‘almost broke’ his ankle

Veltman ran across to challenge Fernandes, but clattered heavily in his right ankle instead

Veltman ran across to challenge Fernandes, but clattered heavily in his right ankle instead

Veltman ran across to challenge Fernandes, but clattered heavily in his right ankle instead

Fernandes got another assist for the goal that restored parity for United after beating Rashford on the left side of the penalty area before the collision.

“I didn’t see it because someone almost broke my ankle,” Fernandes told MUTV.

‘But I’m happy for the team, I’m happy for Marcus. It was a good try, because as everyone knows, he came back from an injury and helped us.

Fernandes (pictured holding Veltman at bay) was knocked down before Marcus Rashford's leveler

Fernandes (pictured holding Veltman at bay) was knocked down before Marcus Rashford's leveler

Fernandes (pictured holding Veltman at bay) was knocked down before Marcus Rashford’s leveler

This effort comes from everyone. The press for the first goal was good, it got them to do the wrong ball and I recovered the ball and passed to Marcus and he scores.

“Everyone is happy when we win and it doesn’t matter who scores.”

While Brighton gave away possession, United typically clinically broke forward and Fernandes presented the ball in a central area.

Rashford went home cleanly to restore parity for United as Fernandes writhed in pain

Rashford went home cleanly to restore parity for United as Fernandes writhed in pain

Rashford went home cleanly to restore parity for United as Fernandes writhed in pain

At the edge of the penalty area, Veltman can be seen sliding into Fernandes in front of the goal

At the edge of the penalty area, Veltman can be seen sliding into Fernandes in front of the goal

At the edge of the penalty area, Veltman can be seen sliding into Fernandes in front of the goal

The back line of the south coast outfit got out of shape, forcing Veltman, who has been eye catching since he came to Ajax, to throw himself into the tackle.

Fernandes was knocked down after the heavy blow, to the anger of his teammates, but the Holland international Veltman avoided a booking.

Frustration for United intensified shortly after, with Cavani instead warning of his fiery calls.

Mason Greenwood sent a late header to give United a win at Old Trafford

Mason Greenwood sent a late header to give United a win at Old Trafford

Mason Greenwood sent a late header to give United a win at Old Trafford

The nervous result for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team put them 11 points ahead of fifth-seeded Tottenham Hotspur and solidified their hold on a Champions League spot.

However, it was far from a comfortable evening as Brighton entered the interval in the lead after Danny Welbeck, a graduate of Old Trafford academy, came in.

United came out of half time and turned around in the second half, with Rashford and Mason Greenwood on target.

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