Fernandes likens start at United to Michael Jordan in The Last Dance

Bruno Fernandes likens his start at Manchester United to Michael Jordan in The Last Dance, but admits he is ‘not happy’ about his lack of trophies after semi-final defeats in the FA Cup and Europa League

  • Bruno Fernandes has had a huge impact since arriving at Manchester United 
  • The midfielder provided the boost they needed to rise to third last season 
  • United haven’t won a trophy with Fernandes, something he’s keen to change
  • The Portuguese compared his will to win to basketball icon Michael Jordan’s  

Bruno Fernandes has compared his hunger for trophies at Manchester United with basketball icon Michael Jordan’s in his ‘Last Dance’ season.    

The midfielder had an instant impact at Old Trafford last season but despite a crucial Champions League qualification, United failed to add another trophy to their stacked cabinet.   

Having watched Netflix’s The Last Dance series, Fernandes identified with Michael Jordan’s desperation to secure a sixth championship with the Chicago Bulls in 1998, testing the NBA legend to his limits in Jordan’s final season before retiring. 

Bruno Fernandes has insisted he has the same hunger for titles as NBA icon Michael Jordan 

The NBA icon was aiming to end his era at Chicago Bulls with another championship in 1998

The midfielder sees himself in the American hero after watching The Last Dance series

‘Straight away when I arrived, the confidence that the coach showed in me was impressive,’ Fernandes told BT Sport.  

‘After two days I was playing against Wolves after I had trained for one day with the team.

‘You need to understand in that moment, he is trusting you so you have to do something. It’s like Michael Jordan in his series The Last Dance, you know? It was the first and last chance to show that I wanted to be part of this team.’

The Portuguese midfielder touched-down in January last year and was instantly thrown into the heart of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fitful side, arguably saving the Norwegian’s job and boosting them to third in the Premier League. 

Fernandes was frustrated by United’s lack of silverware last season, aiming for titles in 2021

United fell out of the Europa League semi-final to Sevilla last season, ending their trophy hopes

United also reached the Europa League and FA Cup semi-finals but crashed-out of both, losing to Sevilla and Chelsea as Fernandes’ wait for silverware in England was extended to 2021.  

The midfielder is intent on putting that right after the New Year.   

‘My target is winning trophies. It doesn’t matter which kind of trophy it is, I want to win all of them,’ Fernandes added.

‘Unfortunately, we went out in two semi-finals (last season). The only thing I’ve missed in this year is the trophies. I don’t have trophies for the club and I’m not happy about that. I hope 2021 can be better in that way.’   

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