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Burno Fernandes: Manchester United's upturn in form is not solely down to me.

The new Man Utd midfield ace has adjusted to life in the Premier League.

Man Utd's Bruno Fernandes celebrates with Juan Mata, McTominay, Ighalo and Fred. [Getty]
Man Utd's Bruno Fernandes celebrates with Juan Mata, McTominay, Ighalo and Fred. [Getty]

Bruno Fernandes is delighted with the impact he has had at Manchester United but he reckons the club's upturn in form could have happened without him in the side.

The Portugal midfield star sealed a move from Sporting Lisbon to Man United for a reported fee of £46.5million (€55m) in the January transfer window, and he is clearly enjoying his start to life in Manchester, scoring three goals and registering four assists in his first nine appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, who have one leg in the quarter-finals of the Europa League after the 5-0 thrashing of LASK in the last-16 first leg on Thursday, are now unbeaten in 11 matches since Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford and are three points behind Frank Lampard's Chelsea side - who sit in fourth spot in the Premier League table.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the season was paused this week amid the coronavirus pandemic, Fernandes played down suggestions claiming United's current form is solely down to him.

"I see the same team from one month ago," he said. "I think we are the same and have a lot of hunger to win, to give a lot, to do better and better in every game.

"In the last month, we've had a lot of really good games and I think we can talk about a new start after Bruno, but it's not about Bruno, it's about the team.

"The team needs the right focus, the right decisions at the time, and I think, also, if Bruno doesn't come, Man United would win the same because one player doesn't change a team.

"A team changes when everyone pushes together for the same side. When I arrived, I saw the team pushing for the same side and to win games, get better and I'm another player to help."

Fernandes also heaped praise on Solskjaer's man management skills.

"He was a footballer, so he knows when he needs to talk to players, when he needs to give a good word or sometimes come and push you to give more," Fernandes said.

"I think when you have a past in football, you understand these things more than when you don't have [a past].

"But sometimes, you have coaches who never play football and they also know this, too, so it depends from coach to coach.

"I think Ole is really careful with these kinds of points. He wants perfection, which is impossible, but he tries to ask more and more from us."



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