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Bruno Fernandes’ fascinating discussion with Belgium manager Roberto Martinez about finding space as Manchester United’s attacking midfielder has gone viral.

The Portugal international scored United’s second in their 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening.

It was United’s best performance under Erik ten Hag, with Fernandes shining throughout. He operated as the Red Devils’ most advanced midfielder, creating several chances for Marcus Rashford.

Fernandes has had a poor start to the campaign but looked back to his best at Old Trafford. Post-match, he chatted to Amazon Prime’s pundits about his role in an evolving United system.

Ten Hag wants his wingers to cut inside, which summer signing Antony has mastered within a few months of arriving in England.

Martinez was watching on the sidelines and asked Fernandes how he still manages to find pockets of space.

He said: “In your number 10 position, it was great to see you finding space. Have you had to adapt a little bit to play with two inverted wingers who like to come inside?

“Antony comes into his left, Jadon [Sancho] comes into your space. In a way, it’s too many bodies coming into your area but it was the opposite.

“You found the space, had the opportunity to drive through. How did you see that?”

Fernandes celebrating his second goal of the season. (Image Credit: Alamy)Fernandes replied: “They [Tottenham] want to press forward, with the midfielders, they want to go high they want to recover the ball as high as possible. It was easier for me to get the spaces there.

“We know the manager wants a lot of bodies inside, so sometimes even for me it’s hard to find a position.

“I know when they are there I have to stretch the pitch and make the runs behind so I create the space for the wingers, for the full-backs that come inside or the striker that drops.

“Some games I get the ball, some games it’s more about running behind without the ball.”

United peppered Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the first half but failed to find the breakthrough.

That changed moments after the break. Fred saw his effort deflect in off Ben Davies, leaving Lloris rooted to the spot.

Fernandes’ lovely finish midway through the second half was enough to seal all three points for United.

They’re up to fifth, a point behind Chelsea, who they face on Saturday evening.