Bruno: This club has a history of great comebacks

Saturday 26 August 2023 18:32

Coming from behind to win games is something that is deeply ingrained in Manchester United's history, says Reds captain Bruno Fernandes.

United displayed superb resilience to recover from going two goals down at home to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, with Erik ten Hag's side trailing 2-0 with just four minutes on the clock.

Bruno was a catalyst for the Reds - being rewarded as our fans' Man of the Match - with his non-stop running and high standards evident throughout as he assisted Casemiro's second-half leveller, was taken down when through on goal for Joe Worrall's sending off, and then stepped up to dispatch the winning penalty after Marcus Rashford had earned the spot-kick later in the second period.

Following the hard-fought victory, Bruno spoke to MUTV and was quick to point to the shared knowledge of the players and fans that, when the United are 2-0 down, you should not discount us.

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"We knew that if we scored a goal in the first half, the fans will get behind us," he explained. "Even when it was 2-0, the fans were still pushing for us, still there for us.

"And obviously when we get that goal, it gives everyone a lift - players on the pitch, the fans in the stands, and they know that this team is capable of a comeback.

"This club has a lot of achievements in comebacks in the games when you're losing, so they know that we're capable of that, they know we have a great spirit on the team. We have a great passion that we will do the right things to get the result."

Following Christian Eriksen's first-half finish, which halved the deficit created by Taiwo Awoniyi and Willy Boly's early goals, a superb move that looked as though it came straight from the training ground led to our leveller.

"I saw that Marcus [Rashford] had a lot of space on the outside of the box," explained Bruno. "I tried to give him the pass to give him the time to shoot. My pass was a little bit high, so he had to control the ball and couldn't add the right control because the ball was not easy.

"But, after that, he did a great control, a great touch. And the cross from Rashy is what made the goal because the ball from him is amazing; in the right timing, with the right pace and, after, [it] was about [me] getting [it] into the goal or understanding who was was in the best position.

"Case[miro] was in the best position. He could see all the goal and obviously the keeper was running [towards] me. So if I give the ball inside to Case, [the keeper] had to get back to the same place so Case had time to control and score. That was the most important for us."

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Reflecting on the win overall, our skipper maintained that while the character United displayed was impressive, getting the three points was crucial.

"It was really good to come back," he said. "Obviously, we don't want to start games like that. It's not it's not the best way to start the games. We know that we are capable to win games without conceding goals, even more at Old Trafford.

"We had a great record and we still have the record, a great record here at home [31 matches in a row unbeaten]. We don't want to concede goals. We want to keep as [many] clean sheets as we can, but we concede. But, after that, we had a great response.

"We kept calm, we kept on the game. We did the right things. We kept the ball. We [took] the risk whenever we had to take it. We created a lot of chances. We could have scored more goals, but, at the end, the end product was really good. [We won] 3-2, [got] three points and that's the most important thing."