Bruno Fernandes admits Brentford defeat was the catalyst behind Manchester United resurgence
Manchester United have now won their last four Premier League outings amid a disastrous start with losses to Brighton and Brentford in the opening two games. The Portuguese talisman admits that the 4-0 defeat to Brentford was the catalyst behind the change in form.
“Something happened on the training ground straight away (after Brentford), you could feel it.
Everyone wanted to turn the situation around.”
The 4-0 nil defeat was seen as one of the most humiliating victories in recent times against a club that was playing its trade in the Championship two seasons back and pushed the team to the last position in the league.
The result called for a reality check for new manager Erik Ten Hag who had to adapt to the league’s level and intensity ahead of a tough clash against arch-rivals Liverpool.
Bruno Fernandes was given the armband with Harry Maguire dropped to the bench and with some personnel changes, United showed grit, intensity and determination and won the derby against Liverpool.
The win was exactly what the squad needed and they have followed it up with straight wins over Southampton, Leicester City and Liverpool, climbing up the table from 20th to 5th in the league.
The captaincy armband shows how much Ten hag rates Bruno Fernandes and the midfielder has repaid the faith by playing impressive football in the last four games and shown glimpses of his exceptional first 2020/21 season at Manchester United, wherein he scored 28 goals and notched 17 assists in 58 appearances.
Bruno has stepped up since taking responsibility by leading the team from the front and has shown leadership qualities and a desire to win which has culminated in better results for the team.
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It is acknowledged by both the manager and the team that it is still early days and we are still far from the desired way of playing that the manager wants to implement.
However, the first signs under the new manager are good and the team has shown a fighting spirit to be ruthless and win games even if it is not by playing the most pleasing football.