Bruno Fernandes on the ball in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley

Bruno: Now it is time to fight for our goals

Monday 20 July 2020 08:00

Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes has issued a message of strength and positivity to supporters, following Sunday’s disappointing Emirates FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea.

The Portuguese magnifico played a full match at Wembley Stadium as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds were beaten 3-1 by a Blues side that significantly had 48 more hours to prepare. 

Fernandes was man-marked for much of the game and was on the receiving end of numerous Chelsea fouls, especially in the first half when he took a couple of nasty kicks to the legs and midriff. 

Undeterred, our January signing from Sporting stuck to his guns and eventually scored his ninth goal of the season, finishing into the bottom corner from the penalty spot late on.
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Of course, that was merely a consolation strike and Sunday’s defeat has ended United’s 19-match unbeaten run across all competitions, plus any chance of lifting the FA Cup this season. 

Fernandes is naturally unhappy about our elimination from the competition, but he refuses to feel down and, in a message to his 2.4million Instagram followers, he emphasised the need for solidarity. 

“We were not the best before and we are not the worst now,” posted Bruno via his official account. 

“We are really sad about the result and losing the chance to win the FA Cup, something we had hoped for. Now it is time to gather forces and fight for our goal in the Premier League.”

United are back in action on Wednesday night with an Old Trafford match against West Ham and a victory would lift the Reds up to fourth in the Premier League table

Crucially, a win over the Hammers would also create a three-point advantage over our top-four rivals Leicester City.

The Foxes will of course provide the opposition in our final game of the top-flight season.