Bruno Fernandes.

Bruno: We're creating the right mentality

Saturday 26 December 2020 16:19

Bruno Fernandes was frustrated that his goal was not enough to clinch three vital points at Leicester City but feels it is a sign that the mentality at the club is right, given how disappointed everyone was in the changing room afterwards.

Manchester United were on course to maintain our flawless away record in the Premier League against the team lying second in the table until Jamie Vardy's shot deflected in off Axel Tuanzebe with only five minutes of normal time left.

Bruno, who also supplied the assist for Marcus Rashford's opener, has now been directly involved in 31 of United's 60 goals since he joined the club, scoring 18 and assisting 13. He is also the first Portuguese player since Cristiano Ronaldo, in 2008/09, to hit 10 goals in a Premier League season.

Watch Bruno Fernandes discuss the game with Stewart Gardner.

"I think it's good to be disappointed," he told MUTV's Stewart Gardner. "I think, today, I was really happy when I got into the dressing room because everyone was disappointed and saying the things that we have to do better. I think it's good as it's creating a mentality, a winning mentality. 

“We were not happy enough with this point despite knowing we played against a good team.

“Of course, I'm frustrated as I know we had the chances to get the three points, which is important for us as we want to win all our games. I think I've said before that we have a good team and we have the chances to win this game. The goal was a little bit lucky but we have no time to be disappointed.

“We have just three days, another game in three days, and we have to do much better to get the points, as we'll play against a good team [Wolves at Old Trafford on Tuesday]."

Bruno does not shirk the prospect of another gruelling 90 minutes against the team he made his United debut against and, indeed, feels there are signs that the players are gelling on the pitch with more to come in the near future.

"I think you always dream to play every game, when you're a kid, you play all day with the ball if you can," he added. "Three games in a few days is more intense - the intensity is higher than when you were a kid but it doesn't matter. If you have the chance to play three games in a few days, it doesn't matter who plays, they will do their best for us.

“For me, it was Edi [Edinson Cavani] and Eric [Bailly, for my goal]. I was saying Eric 50 per cent of the goal and 50 per cent of it was Edi. I will take nothing from that goal! It was a really good pass to Edi, top movement for a striker to come out with the assist and really good for the team that we start to know each other better and better. The next game will be much better for us."

Ole reveals players' reaction in Leicester Video

Ole reveals players' reaction in Leicester

The manager explains the mood in the dressing room after an entertaining draw with Leicester...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about the impact of the brilliant no.18 during his post-match press conference.

"He's definitely a player that impacts results in games," said the manager. "He creates chances and scores goals. He takes risks, which any Manchester United player should be allowed to be brave enough to do. And he is definitely a brave boy.

“He sees the pass and he takes the moments. Sometimes, I might tear my hair out and say there's an easier pass to the right or to the left or a backpass to secure it, but I can't take it away from Bruno. I want him to be the X-factor and to have players in front of him making runs and getting chances.

“I'm very pleased with his influence this season and in the 11 months he's been here, he's been great. He is always encouraging and supporting his team-mates but he's also part of the team. When you have Bruno, that type of player, the players in front of him do make the runs to give him the opportunities to make those passes. It's not just down to Bruno, you have to remember he's come into a team which helps him as well. We all have a role to play and he is playing his to the top of his ability."