Man Utd: Fernandes hails link play with Pogba and Cavani
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Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has admitted there were other offers on the table before he joined the club in the January transfer window of 2020. However, speaking ahead of tonight’s Europa League final with Villarreal, he admitted a move to Old Trafford was always his preferred destination. And he’ll now be looking to win his first trophy with the Red Devils.
Manchester United were a club drifting dangerously towards mediocrity before Fernandes signed.
But, ever since, the Red Devils have climbed up the Premier League table – finishing in the top three in consecutive seasons for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
United have had Fernandes to thank for that, with the Portugal international scoring 40 goals from 79 matches for the club so far.
An impressive 28 of those have come this season, more than the likes of Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood.
And Fernandes, speaking to Beyond the Pitch, has now admitted there were other offers on the table before he joined United – but he only ever wanted a move to Old Trafford.
“There were more options but, at that moment, my agent and Sporting talked with me about Manchester,” he said.
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“They always knew it was my dream team, I’d always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and obviously, putting together both of them at the same time, it was perfect. The perfect marriage.
“I didn’t hear many other options but I know there were more options to choose.”
Fernandes’ dazzling form has come under the watch of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his manager.
And the midfielder has hailed the Norwegian, admitting the ‘human part’ of the Norweigan’s character makes him so good at what he does.
“Everyone knows the human part of the coach is unbelievable and he’s lifting everybody inside the club,” he said.
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“Every single player knows he is someone who they can trust and talk to. And I think that is the biggest point of him, and where he gets more points from the players.
“Of course to be a manager, who have to understand football.
“And for me that’s the most important part, the human part.”
United are primed to start with Fernandes against Villarreal, in news that won’t come as a surprise to anybody.
As their top scorer, he was always destined to start.
And United will be hopeful of winning the Europa League and ending a four-year wait for silverware, with their last trophy coming during Jose Mourinho’s spell in charge.
Solskjaer gave a press conference on Tuesday and admitted he was hopeful United would reign supreme, despite Villarreal being likely to be plucky opponents.
“You go into every game as the next one is the most important one,” said the 48-year-old.
“This now is a final that happens to be at the end of a season.
“You can define the season after tomorrow. So far we’ve improved but we’ll only all go home happy if we win.”
He then added: “I think players, when they get the taste of success, when they win trophies, win something, it can go two ways; we’ve done it now and we can relax or, as I’ve had a few times, it just gives you more of that feeling.
“You want more, you want it all the time, you want the feeling again with your teammates, with your club.
“This group of players has been working hard for a year, a year-and-a-half, together and it’s the next step for them now to go and enjoy a game like this.”
Villarreal boss Unai Emery, meanwhile, feels his side have ‘broken down barriers’ with their European performances this term.
“One of the aims of Villarreal was to break down barriers. We’ve broken the barrier of the semifinal in Europe and we feel proud of the work we have done,” Emery said in a news conference.
“We now have a responsibility to take a step forward.
“We need to enjoy this final and think about winning. We deserve to be in the final and to give our players the best tools possible to perform well in this final.”
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