Bruno Fernandes.

United Briefing: Bruno's on a mission to win in 2021

Thursday 31 December 2020 08:00

Bruno Fernandes has his sights set on winning trophies for Manchester United in 2021 and, while personal achievements would also be great, the Portuguese midfielder states silverware is the clear priority.

The Reds will head into the new year in the hunt for four trophies, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men second in the Premier League, in the Carabao Cup semi-finals and with the Emirates FA Cup and Europa League campaigns still to come.

Next month will mark a year since Fernandes signed for United from Sporting Lisbon and, in that time, he has dominated most of the individual awards at the club, winning five of the last eight Player of the Month accolades and topping our Player of the Year vote for 2019/20 - despite only playing half of the campaign.
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Highlights: United 1 Wolves 0

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Bruno has won the Premier League Player of the Month award on three occasions - something just Harry Kane and Ashley Young have previously done in a calendar year - and remains the only man to claim the top-flight’s Player of the Month and Goal of the Month titles in the same month.

Despite that, Fernandes is yet to win a major team honour with United, something he wants to put right in the coming months.

“If we win trophies, it is the most important thing,” our no.18 explains in our big interview to review 2020, which will be available in full later today.

“Of course, it’s good for a player to win individual awards and I will never say I don’t want to be the best player in the league or I don’t want to be the PFA Player of the Season. I want to be [that] but I want to be [that] if the team wins trophies.

“If the team does win trophies, for me, it’s the same. For me, the most important thing is to help my team-mates to also be Player of the Season. That’s the most important thing because, if someone from the club is Player of the Season, it means that we do very, very well this season.

“I think we will always be happy if someone else takes an individual award because it means the team is doing well. Nobody in football, a team sport, wins an individual trophy just doing well himself.

“You have to do well but you have to have the help of your team-mates to do well. When you have an individual trophy, of course, you are doing really well and deserve the credit but that credit goes to the team because they help you do better and better.”

Look out for more from Bruno later today.

WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY?

On New Year’s Eve, we’ll be hearing from Ole ahead of our Premier League encounter with Aston Villa the following day. The Villans are flying high in the table and enter 2021 in fifth place.

The boss has already conducted his pre-match press conference ahead of the Villa clash and we’ll bring you every word he said from 13:30 GMT.

We’ll also deliver all the build-up to the meeting with Dean Smith’s men, including videos, interviews and our not-to-be-missed match preview.

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WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY?

We brought you all the post-match reaction from our 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, including the extended highlights, interviews with Harry Maguire and David De Gea, and revealed which Red was getting plenty of love on Instagram following his superb showing against the West Midlands outfit.

Later in the day, Tunnel Insider and United Daily also provided further reflections on the hard-fought win against Wolves, which saw United move to second in the Premier League.
United Daily: Wednesday's news Video

United Daily: Wednesday's news

We round up all the reaction to the Wolves win and bring you exclusives with Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes…

Elsewhere, we opened the vote for our final Player of the Month award in 2020, which is contested by three Reds. Unsurprisingly, serial award collector Fernandes was among the nominees, as were Marcus Rashford and Fred.

If you haven’t voted yet make sure to do so, by heading over to our Official App!

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