Man Utd: Bruno Fernandes compares himself to Paul Scholes
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may not like to admit, but Manchester United are very much in the title race and Bruno Fernandes will certainly see it that way. They could – and should – have moved level with Manchester City at the top of the table on Saturday in their game against Everton.
Fernandes hit the net in the first half with a peach of an effort from long range, doubling United’s lead after Edinson Cavani opened the scoring.
But Solskjaer’s side were caught napping at the start of the second half as Everton scored two quickfire goals, although Scott McTominay regained the lead for United as they looked likely to seal all three points.
A stoppage time equaliser from Dominic Calvert-Lewin halted United’s celebrations though, leaving the Red Devils with just one win from their last four matches.
More telling for United was Solskjaer’s somewhat pessimistic comments following the match regarding their title chances.
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“We’re not talking about winning titles, we’ve come a long way this team, and we shouldn’t have been considered as title contenders,” Solskjaer said.
“We’ve got to be better as a team and see where we end up.”
Now the United boss may be trying to copy tactics from previous managers in underplaying their title chances, but it’s not the kind of message his players will likely want to hear.
Fernandes in particular has made it clear that his No 1 goal since joining United was to battle for titles.
The Portugal international has helped United raise their level ever since he arrived from Sporting Lisbon a year ago, and with it there is a new found confidence of trophies being just around the corner.
He was almost distraught after United suffered a fourth semi-final loss in the space of 13 months following their defeat to City in the Carabao Cup.
But he also sent an indirect message to his team-mates, demanding better with the goal to be challenging for silverware.
“We have a lot to fight yet but we have to learn and understand that we can’t make the same mistakes anymore,” he said.
“We need to make an effort to further improve and be able to fight for trophies!”
At 26 years of age, United have got Fernandes in the prime of his career but the midfielder knows the life of a footballer is short when it comes to being at their best.
He’s already tasted success at international level with Portugal after winning the Nations League in 2019, but Fernandes will be desperate to taste major success at a domestic level.
But more importantly, Fernandes will want Solskjaer on the same wavelength in terms of being genuine contenders for the title this campaign.
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