The pressure was mounting on Erik ten Hag&aposs position after successive 3-0 home defeats at home against Manchester City and Newcastle, which made this weekend&aposs clash at Craven Cottage a must-win fixture.
But the contest was a scrappy affair and with the exception of Scott McTominay&aposs disallowed goal, chances were at a premium.
The points looked destined to be shared, but United maintained the belief that a winner was possible and that endeavour was rewarded in the last minute of regular time when Fernandes found the back of the net.
Fernandes&apos strike in the 90th minute was the matchwinner and the important goal came on his 200th appearance for the club.
He told MUTV after the game: “It was really good. We wanted to win in a different way and we could have created more chances. I think the last pass, the last moment when we reached the box, we didn&apost decide always well.
“But in the end, we got our goal and the win, which is the most important. I think now, in the moment we&aposre in, everyone knows it was about getting the three points and finding a way to secure the win.
“We wanted to play better, but I think we performed today. You can always improve, create more, but overall it was good and that&aposs why we won. It&aposs a difficult situation for us, we&aposve not been winning games.