Man Utd: Are they over-reliant on Bruno Fernandes?
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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes feels his partnership with Paul Pogba has improved because defenders can’t handle them both at the same time. The Red Devils duo have both been in fine form this season. And they’ll be hopeful of propelling the Red Devils through to the Europa League final when they face Roma on Thursday night.
Manchester United have seen Fernandes sparkle this season.
The Portugal international has scored 26 goals this season and is just six short of his best-ever tally of 32 for a single campaign.
And Pogba has been similarly impressive in recent times, overcoming a difficult start to become a vital asset under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The United duo took a little while to strike up an understanding on the field of play but, now, are two of the first names on Solskjaer’s team sheet.
And Fernandes, speaking to the club’s official website, believes their partnership has improved because defenders simply can’t handle them.
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“I think we are doing better now because people and players are concerned about who they might mark – we have Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the same places, the same pockets,” he said.
“Sometimes it is difficult for players to find who to mark and who to give freedom and so it’s good for the team.
“That is the best for us because we know we can help the team playing together. I think when you play with the best, your best comes out also.
“For me, playing with Paul, it’s playing with one of the best players in the world.
“So I think the best of me comes out and it’s helped me to have those kind of qualities. And the good thing is, out of the pitch, we have really, really good relations now with perudo, the game we all play in the team.
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“It’s getting better, the connections with the team, because when you have those kind of connections, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a game of cards, perudo now, and ludo is the one I sometimes play with Fred.
“I think it’s really good for us and the team. You know, sometimes, it’s just five or six of us playing but the rest of the team is watching and saying don’t put that, put this or don’t say that, say this.
“That’s good for the spirit of the team and it’s really good.
“I think Paul is one of the players who has a good spirit, good moments in the dressing room. He’s a really funny guy and can always have something good to say to make people laugh.”
Rather amusingly, Fernandes also revealed he was yet to visit a beach since moving to Manchester in January last year.
“Never because the weather is not helping me to go to the beach in England,” said the 26-year-old.
“But I will go. I hope I can go in the future.
“Maybe in the next months, it will be a little bit more good weather. I hope.
“People are saying the summer is coming now but I’ve not seen the summer in Manchester until now.
“Sometimes, we see some light over there but it’s not sun just some light. Someone has put some light over there to give us some joy but it’s still cold here!
“Over here, it is not warm a lot so, for me, someone put fake sun, a light over there for us. But I hope I can visit some places here in England where I can enjoy a little bit with my kids and my wife.”
Fernandes is looking forward to the European Championships come the summer – and feels Portugal can navigate their way through a tough group that also includes France and Germany.
“I think we have a tough group but, at the same time, we know Portuguese people like that the biggest moments are for us because, as a small country, we like to beat the biggest countries we have to beat,” he said.
“I think we have the same chances as them, before the game starts it will be 50-50 but, of course, we know the group is tough.
“We will do our best, we have good players and a good team and also know what we can do and what we can achieve.
“We will try, as always to win every game we have to play.”
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