Bruno Fernandes in action

Bruno: We know what this club demands

Sunday 03 March 2024 18:35

Bruno Fernandes felt his Manchester United team-mates were committed to the cause in the derby but needed to do more to secure the desired outcome.

The Reds worked hard to forge a half-time lead through Marcus Rashford’s sensational early strike but were undone by a second-half comeback by Manchester City, who ran out 3-1 winners on Sunday.

Bruno, who was making his 150th Premier League appearance, believes there were admirable aspects of United’s performance but ultimately more is required against a team of City’s strength.

“I think the commitment from the team was there,” the captain told Sky Sports in his post-match interview at the Etihad Stadium.

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"We had our chances. Sometimes we played a little too deep but you know City do that to all the teams, you have to defend your box and we did that really well in the first half. From a chance that could be ours it ended up 1-1.

"There's always something more you can do in the game, if it is City or someone else you can always do something better. City are a team that knows how to have the ball and pin teams back.

“We knew we had to defend our goal really well and I think we did, we should have had more spells with the ball than we did in the second half.”

The result, which ended the Reds’ run of six consecutive away victories, is a setback to our hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League but Bruno is fully aware that there is still plenty of football to be played.

“Every time you don't win a game it is a damage at this club,” the midfielder admitted afterwards.

“We know what this club demands and we want to win the games we are involved in. We didn't get the three points today but there's still a long way to go.

Bruno battles for the ball with City's Julian Alvarez in the second half.

“We know it is not everything in our hands because other teams have to lose points but we have to do our job."

The Reds have a full week to prepare for our next Premier League outing, when we will look for an immediate response against Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday (kick-off 12:30 GMT).