MANCHESTER UNITED reportedly handed over £4.5million for Bruno Fernandes’ match-winning performance in the 3-2 victory over Brighton.

Portuguese outlet Record claims the fee was owed to Sporting Lisbon due to Fernandes featuring in his 25th Premier League game on Saturday.

The playmaker joined United for an initial £45million in January.

But add-ons could see the Red Devils eventually fork out £66.7m for the 26-year-old.

United coughed up £2.74m in July after qualifying for the Champions League.

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And they have now given another £4.5m to Sporting following Fernandes’ quarter-century of league games.

United won’t be complaining though, with the midfielder scoring a last-gasp winning penalty to make it 13 goals during his impressive time in England’s top flight.

Fernandes’ impact against the Seagulls was hailed by United legend Rio Ferdinand.

He told BT Sport: “This man is ice cold in these situations.

“He changes his run-up a little bit there from his usual hop, skip and jump thing.

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

Fellow pundit Joe Cole was equally impressed with Fernandes.

He added: “We could see that while all the melee was going on, Bruno was the coolest man in this building. It was a great penalty.”

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