The Red Devils beat Everton 3-1 to take some pressure off after a stressful week.
Two defeats in a row had put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under enormous pressure after defeats against Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir.
But a moral-boosting win against the Toffees before the international break was exactly what the Norweigan needed.
And he can largely thank Fernandes after two goals and an assist – after United lost one goal.
His captain’s performance may have saved his job as it also gave Cavani his first goal for his new club.
The Uruguayan international signed a free transfer with a large pedigree with Paris St-Germain.
Having stopped playing since March, the 33-year-old is still getting used to life in the Premier League and has had to settle for a place on the bench.
A couple of cameos went by but there is a feeling his goal against Everton could now kick off what Fernandes was hoping for.
The Portugal international went past goal and could have scored his hat-trick but instead passed the ball to Cavani to score.
Fernandes told BBC Sport: “It’s about winning the game.
„“[I set up Edinson Cavani because] It is important for a striker to score for his confidence, he will be important to us and the first goal will give him confidence.
“I don’t have to think about a hat trick, I have to think about the future.
“Every game is important, we are not good in the league, so these three points are important.
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“We have a game in hand so that we can get closer to the top of the table.
“We are not the best team now and we are not the worst team after Istanbul.”
“We get better when we do the right things.”
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