Bruno reveals managerial ambitions
Bruno Fernandes has revealed a desire to move into coaching after hanging up his boots and he would love a crack at managing Manchester United at some point in the future.
The Portugal international is a great thinker about the game and it has long been suspected he could make a top coach once his playing days are over. At only 26, that time is hopefully many years off but, as part of our exclusive fans' Q&A conducted at the Aon Training Complex recently, he was asked if it was something he was already starting to contemplate.
When a question was submitted by Lebby in Tanzania on the subject, asking who he would like to manage if he went into coaching, he provided a typically candid and honest response.
"Well, Lebby I think, in the past, I think more [it’s] in my future," he admitted. "Now I’m seeing time passing and seeing kids coming from 2000, 2001, 2002, and my sister is from 2000, so it’s making for some confusion in my head.
“I’m trying to enjoy the football, you know. I think I want to be a coach. Honestly, I would like to be a coach.
“I don’t know which team I would like to manage. Of course, the biggest team if I can manage Manchester United, I will be happy. I can leave now just some words so if people see this, if I’m a manager in the future, the fans can make some pressure to bring me as a coach!
"But I think I would like to be a coach in the future. I’m not sure but for what I feel for football, for the feeling I have, I think I have to continue to be inside of football because my whole life is about this. So I think, in the future, it needs to be with football too."
Our brilliant no.18 was also asked if he believes United can challenge for the Premier League title next season.
"I think, honestly, the team has improved a lot since I arrived," he said. "I feel the improvement but I think the team is improving since the coach [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] arrived. He’s trying to put his hand on the team and make it better and better."
We are running the full fans' Q&A with Bruno Fernandes in two parts - with the first released today (Tuesday) on the Official App and ManUtd.com.
The second instalment is due to appear first in the next edition of Inside United, the official magazine. This will be available to purchase from 11 May.