Bernard started Everton’s game against Manchester United, which was his first league start for 114 days.

He opened the scoring before United came back to win 3-1 – a result the Brazilian says he was ‘very upset’ with.

Bernard also told the club’s official website that strike gave him a boost to his confidence having been out of the side.

Carlo Ancelotti suffered a spate of injuries and suspensions before the international break, which gave the likes of Bernard chance to shine.

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“The goal came at a really important moment for me,” said Bernard. “It was really good for my confidence and maybe it will give me more minutes on the pitch to show what I can do.

“I’d not had many opportunities to play but I continued to work hard. When you work hard in training the opportunities will always come your way.

“I was dedicating myself every day. I was happy with my performance and goal but very upset by the defeat.”

Everton have a chance to get back to winning ways this weekend when the Premier League returns.

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A trip to Fulham awaits for the Toffees, with the Cottagers having won just one league match all season.

Bernard’s place in the side could well be under threat because Richarlison is back from his three-game ban for a red card in the Merseyside derby.

He will hope to stay in the side but he might be forced to try and impress Ancelotti off the bench in west London.