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Man Utd forced to pay out millions after Bruno Fernandes’ latest appearance vs Brighton

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Manchester United were forced to pay €5million to Sporting Lisbon after Bruno Fernandes’ last-gasp penalty won the points for the Red Devils against Brighton.

United paid €55m (£45m) rising to €80m (£67.7m) for Fernandes last January.

The Red Devils had paid Sporting €58m prior to Saturday after a €3m payout was triggered upon United qualifying for the Champions League last season.

Fernandes made his 25th appearance in the Premier League for United against Brighton, prompting another bonus of €5m (£4.5m) being triggered, according to Portuguese publication Record.

United will have no qualms with having to part with some cash following Saturday’s controversial win over the south-coast club.

The Red Devils were poor against the Seagulls, and conceded in the 94th minute, throwing away two points at the Amex Stadium.

At least that’s what appeared to be the case when the referee blew the final whistle.

But a VAR check spotted a handball in the Brighton area seconds before the match was ended, prompting the official to restart play with a penalty.

Fernandes was tasked with securing the points for United from the spot, and did so in typically calm fashion.

Former United centre-back Rio Ferdinand said on BT Sport: “This man is ice-cold in these situations. His run-up, he’s changed it a little bit there – that hop-skip-and-jump kind of thing he usually does wasn’t there.

“The pressure was on and he calmed himself down and went back to basics.”

He added: “In the end it was the right decision but what I prefer now from last season is that the referee gets the chance to take ownership of that decision.

“He gets the chance to walk over to the actual screen, have a look at it himself, he’s not leaving the responsibility to someone we can’t see. The players know he’s made the decision.”

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