Do not let me fall! Bruno Fernandes says he will be ‘unhappy’ if he doesn’t play EVERY minute for Man United despite their hectic schedule.
- Bruno Fernandes has claimed he wants to play every minute for Man United
- The Portuguese star insisted he ‘wants to play 90 minutes in every match’
- Fernandes has played in 31 of United’s 33 games this season
Bruno Fernandes has told Erik ten Hag he will be ‘unhappy’ if he doesn’t play every minute for Manchester United, despite the club’s full schedule in February and the arrival of Marcel Sabitzer.
United will play eight games this month that will culminate with a trip to Wembley in the Carabao Cup final following their 5-0 aggregate victory over Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Ten Hag will have to carefully manage his selection to meet the tough requirements, but Fernandes insists he does not want peace.
“I’ll be unhappy if I don’t start, if I don’t play the whole 90 minutes, the manager knows that,” said Fernandes, who has played in 31 of United’s 33 games so far this season.
“I’m completely fit, I’m available for the team and whatever I have to do, it’s no problem. Not only me, but everyone wants to play 90 minutes every game.
Bruno Fernandes has claimed he wants to play every minute for Man United this season
Erik ten Hag has already used Fernandes in 31 of United’s 33 matches this season
“Of course we all know that there are players who need more rest than others, but I feel good.
“I feel good but when the manager thinks he needs me to rest – like in the last game I lost in the FA Cup – he will decide and I will accept because we have to be in the best shape in every game and he has to decide what is best for the team.’
United hired Sabitzer on the day of Bayern Munich’s deadline to make up for the loss of Christian Eriksen to an ankle injury until early May.
Sabitzer can play in multiple positions in midfield and play offensively, and Fernandes is aware that the Austrian will provide additional competition for places.
“He is a good player, a very good midfielder,” said the Portuguese playmaker. “He gives us more options in midfield while Christian is injured. He’s another one who will make it hard for anyone on the team to have a spot.
“Even for him, he knows he has to push himself to the top level to play for us now and everyone who starts – for example me, Casemiro and Fred – we know it takes a lot to have a place in the team and we have another one fighting for that position, so we have to do our best.’
United also welcomed Jadon Sancho against Forest for the first time in more than three months, and Fernandes will be hoping to see England’s best winger, who has struggled for form and fitness since his £73m move from Borussia Dortmund.
He added: “It’s great to have him back because we know he’s a great solution for us, as a starter, as someone who comes and has great qualities to help the team.
The Portuguese star played the full 90 minutes against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday
Fernandes claims new signing Marcel Sabitzer will give United ‘more options’
“We all know the capacity he has. He hasn’t expressed it at his best yet, he’s been really good at times. It is clear that he is now back from a long hiatus, but we are very happy that he is back.’
United hope to lift their first trophy in six years when they face Newcastle in the final at Wembley, and are still challenging in four competitions.
It is in stark contrast to the same week last year, when a defeat to Middlesbrough on penalties in the FA Cup at Old Trafford ended the club’s last realistic chance at a trophy.
Fernandes compared the difference in mood and said: ‘Everything had to change. I think last year was about confidence.
Ten Hag helped his United side to a Carabao Cup final after beating Forest
“You win one game, you lose another, you draw another. You never get that streak of wins that gave you the confidence to keep going and keep pushing yourself to do the best.
“We had a bad feeling that any moment of the game could be a disadvantage – a corner, a shot, a moment. Confidence was low and that creates uncertainty.
“Obviously I think the most important thing this season has been the results. We began to delve into the manager’s ideas. The new players that have come are coming to help. Those who were here before get more confidence because they win games.’
Fernandes was awarded the Player of the Match award after the 2-0 win at Old Trafford