Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes has his say on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s claim about winning trophies. The Norwegian coach recently said that trophies can be used as an ‘ego’ thing by other players and managers. But Fernandes clearly disagrees with Solskjaer.
Fernandes provided another assist as the Red Devils came from behind to win their latest Premier League game at home to Brighton Hove Albion 2-1. The win also solidified United’s second position in the league table.
The Portuguese has been in remarkable form since joining the club last January. He is scoring more than a goal every other game and has 23 goals this season alone. He has also only been on the losing side on four occasions in 44 league appearances so far. The former Sporting man also became the second Portuguese player to win United’s prestigious Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year after Cristiano Ronaldo. He is also one of the leading candidates to win the PFA Player of the Year along with Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
The only thing missing from Fernandes’ United career so far is a trophy. And Fernandes would hope to add one this season.
United’s recent lack of trophies:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done a good job since taking over the United reign. He led United to a third-place finish in the league last season but failed to land any trophies. They reached the semi-finals of three competitions but could not go a step further.
Despite being second in the league, United are way behind run-away leaders Manchester City. The Red Devils are 14 points behind their noisy neighbours and it seems incredibly unlikely that they’ll be able to make that up, with only eight games remaining.
The City also eliminated them from the League Cup in January. And they suffered a humiliating defeat to Leicester City in the FA Cup two weeks earlier. As a result, they will again finish the season without a domestic trophy.
Their only chance of winning a silverware this season is the Europa League. They face Granada in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the competition on Thursday.
Bruno Fernandes contradicts Solskjaer:
Speaking after United’s disappointing exit from the FA Cup against Leicester City, Solskjaer denied the importance of winning trophies, suggesting it acts as an ego thing for players and managers. He said:
“In the league position you see if there’s any progress. For me, that’s always the bread and butter of the season. You see how capable you are of coping with the ups and downs. Any cup competition can give a trophy, but sometimes it’s more of an ego thing from other managers and clubs to finally win something.”
But Fernandes clearly disagrees with his manager’s point. The play-maker has brought the winning mentality to Old Trafford and believes that the club are adamant to win trophies. Speaking to FourFourTwo, Fernandes said:
“We can’t think of anything else at this club. United is made for trophies and the whole mood is around that. We reached the semis [of the League Cup] and lost to City. But that’s not enough. That wasn’t our time. We need to be in finals and to win them.”