Bruno Fernandes

What Bruno said at half-time v Brentford

Friday 20 October 2023 14:38

Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes has provided an insight into how the team’s spirit and strong mentality spurred us on to complete a memorable comeback against Brentford at Old Trafford.

Mathias Jensen’s first-half goal had United confronting the possibility of a fifth Premier League defeat of the season, as well as a third home reverse in a row.

But substitute Scott McTominay struck twice in injury-time to give us victory on one of the most dramatic afternoons M16 has seen in years and potentially spark a turning point in what has, so far, been a disappointing campaign.

As skipper, Bruno revealed that the positivity of the team never wavered and he got a good response from the players in the dressing room as he sought to rally the side at the half-time interval.

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"Of course I enjoy it, it’s a privilege for me to be captain of the club, and, sometimes, I can understand that the moment is not the best, but you have to try to get the best out of your team-mates,” Bruno told ex-United defender Wes Brown, in an interview you’ll be able to watch from Saturday morning.

"We can do it. We have done this in the past. We have been losing games and we came back. We know what we have to do. So just keep going, keep the belief.’

“I think when I said those words in the dressing room, everyone was like: ‘OK, we can do something’.

Although the Reds were much improved following the break, as we penned Thomas Frank’s side into their own half, the breakthrough did not look like it was coming, even as Erik ten Hag threw reinforcements on.

The boss spoke at length following the game – and the remarkable late turnaround – about his side’s ‘connection’ and ability to fight for each other in adversity.

Bruno echoed that sentiment, pointing out a few words of encouragement from the experienced Jonny Evans as helping him overcome tiredness to get United over the line.

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“At the end of the game, I was getting a little bit tired because the manager took the left-back [Victor Lindelof] off and, obviously, the midfielders were doing a little more cover,” he added.

“And I look behind and Jonny said to me: ‘Bruno, carry on, we're doing well. We're doing well. Don't stop.’

Those little avenues of communication are something Bruno wants to promote.between players - not just from him as club captain.

“You know, when you feel that from your team-mates, like the encouragement of ‘keep going, we’re behind you, we're going to help you, help the ones up front and we're going to win this’.

“So these little messages that go through the pitch between every player are really important.

“You understand, as a captain, that you have to try to be as positive as possible in these kind of moments, because you need to push everyone to be at their best.”