Bruno sets sights on trophy
Bruno Fernandes has targeted a 100 per cent winning finish to Manchester United’s campaign that will take them all the way to silverware in Poland in the Europa League on 26 May.
The Reds are in the semi-finals against Roma and will play the first leg at Old Trafford on 29 April followed by a trip to Italy on 6 May.
United were knocked out at the semi-final stage last season in August against Sevilla, but our Portuguese midfielder now wants us to push on and make it to the final in Poland after a quarter-final aggregate 4-0 triumph over Granada.
“It was really important for us. We now have the chance to play again in a semi-final for the second season in a row and now the next step is to get into the final,” Bruno told MUTV.
In the other last-four encounter Arsenal take on Villarreal and Fernandes knows the Roma tie is a big one.
“If you play Arsenal or Villarreal it would be the same so it is a big game, big team, big players... players who can create a lot of dangers and some of them we know really well from England,” he added.
“They have good qualities, but we have qualities ourselves and we have to show them. When we play them we have to show them respect, but at the same time we have to do our best to get to the final.
“All year is an improvement for us. We have to improve every season, it doesn’t matter now what we did in the past, what we lose in the past or what we won in the past, now it is about the future so our focus has to be winning every game to the end of the season.
“Roma is a part of that, the Europa League is a competition we want to win, so our focus has to be there.”
It was a comfortable evening for the Reds who were already in pole position in the tie after last week's 2-0 win in Spain. And our no.18 was pleased with the professional job done by the team.
“We did well. We did the right things, we score and we don’t concede and that is really good,” said Fernandes.
“Most people may have thought it was an easy tie because Granada is not doing really well in the league, but it is always difficult playing against Spanish teams.
"We know they have qualities, they know how to play. [They are a] Really aggressive team who know how to press and how to kick you when they need! [Smiles] But we have won two games 2-0.”
Edinson Cavani followed up his goal in our 3-1 Premier League win at Tottenham last Sunday with another strike after just six minutes against Granada before Jesus Vallejo scored a late own goal. But it is the form of the Uruguayan hitman that is delighting Fernandes.
“Edi has always been in good form, but the goals are coming more and more and more, and the more they come the better for us,” he added.
“He is really important for us because he is one of our strikers and our strikers have to score goals and he is scoring goals.
"It is really important for us to have Edi in good form, Rashy in good form Paul [Pogba], me, Mason [Greenwood], Amad [Diallo]... it is really important the guys up front are scoring goals. But it is also important the guys at the back don’t concede and they are doing really, really well.”