Bruno: Time to focus on the next game

Sunday 02 October 2022 17:46

Manchester United's captain in the derby, Bruno Fernandes, is urging his team-mates to find their belief again for the next fixture, following the defeat to Manchester City.

United were beaten 6-3 in the local derby, and conceded four goals by half-time.

The Reds did respond in the second period with a strike from Antony and a double for Anthony Martial, but the damage was done by Erling Haaland and Phil Foden's hat-tricks.
Our Portuguese midfielder felt that a failure to show the same determination displayed before the international break allowed City to dominate the game in the first half.
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"The belief in the beginning was not the best and I think that caused us many problems and made us concede early goals," said Fernandes.

"I think the second half was much better. We kept control more, we controlled the game whenever we had the ball. We were down on the result, so we had to take some risks.  And obviously, when we took that risk, we scored straight away. We tried to [go forward] a little bit more but then we conceded more goals. You can't give that much space to City.

"Obviously, we are really disappointed. But now it is time to focus on the next game and we have to get back the performances we did before [the international break], and the belief and togetherness, and understand this cannot get us down. We need to improve for the future."

United's next game will take place this Thursday in the Europa League against Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus, and then the Reds will travel to Goodison Park on the following Sunday to face Everton.

With such a jam-packed fixture list during October, the Reds' no.8 believes there will be good opportunities to rebuild the team's confidence after the City loss.

"This is a good thing," he insisted.

"You don't have that much time to recover, but at the same time, you have a chance to get a result, a good result, a good performance to give more confidence to the team. Now it's about going to the Europa League and winning the next game, and all the games that are coming for us."