Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes says the team have no time to dwell on the 1-1 draw with Leicester City
Speaking to MUTV after his side’s 1-1 draw against Leicester City last night, as quoted by the club’s official website, Manchester United ace Bruno Fernandes reflected on a disappointing night for the team and insisted that they must move on from the result.
The Premier League finally graced us last night after we had to make do with international football over the past two weeks, as players headed out to represent their national teams in friendlies and World Cup qualifiers.
Fernandes, who returned from a successful campaign with Portugal to qualify for the World Cup later this year, said that everyone was disappointed with the draw, and admitted there was nothing they could do now to change it.
“Everyone is disappointed. This result was not the result that we want but there is nothing we can do now.”
The 27-year-old took the place of his club and country teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, who was ruled out of the match. Fernandes played the role of a false nine up front to make up for Ronaldo’s absence from the team.
“That’s what we have to do”
However, the Portugal international was not particularly impressive against the Foxes, failing to effectively lead the line for the Manchester side and threaten the opposition goalkeeper. He did, however, pick up the assist for his team’s goal in the end.
Fernandes said that they had to focus on winning every single game from here on out, but also insisted that they shouldn’t look too far ahead, but take it game by game in the penultimate month of the season.
“That’s what we have to do [focus on winning every one] and you have to think [about] winning every game we have going forward. But now, [we need to be] thinking about the next one and not rushing too much because we have to think game by game.”
The draw against Leicester leaves the Red Devils in sixth place, level on points with Tottenham Hotspur, who we beat in the previous PL fixture to catch up to them. However, last night’s result gives Spurs an opportunity to pull away from us tonight if they win their game against Newcastle United.
Arsenal pose an even bigger threat to our top-four hopes, with the Gunners sitting three points ahead of us and also having two games in hand to take advantage of – as things stand. Clearly, like Fernandes said, we need to focus on winning all our remaining games to ensure we secure fourth spot in the end.
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United now have eight games left to play in the season, with a game against Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea yet to be played. These are now must-win matches for us, and we also have to hope that our rival North London clubs slip up in the remaining weeks of the campaign.
Fernandes himself needs to do much better in attack, as he struggled to break down a stubborn Foxes side despite picking up an assist. A lot is expected from the midfielder, and if he is on form, perhaps we can nab the fourth position in the league table by the summer.