Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes keeps Liverpool promise to fans after Tottenham win | Football | sport
Bruno Fernandes has said Manchester United will not dwell more on Tottenham’s victory to boost confidence than on Liverpool’s demolition job. The United attacking midfielder admitted it was good to resume his season on a positive trajectory after the deadly home loss to Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford took United to a 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in what turned out to be Nuno Espirito Santo’s last game as Spurs boss, l Portuguese coach sacked on Monday.
But ahead of their Group F clash against Italian team Atalanta on Tuesday night, compatriot Fernandes insisted that no one in the US dressing room thought either outcome would define their season.
“For Matchday 1 and Day 2 it was difficult to deal with such a defeat against Liverpool, one of our biggest rivals,” Fernandes said.
“I know some people don’t think, but we feel the same as the fans and we feel for them. We try to give them something and we let them down.
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“But we did our job against Tottenham and now we are continuing.
“Now we have to forget that and think about Atalanta, it will be a tough game, a different competition and we have to focus on winning.”
Fernandes enjoyed the new front line, sitting right behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani against Spurs – a tactic, like three at the back, that worked well.
But the Portugal international said he didn’t expect the top three to turn into a regular game given the number of talents pressing for a starting spot.
“The team have such good quality and it wasn’t just Cristiano who was a big part of the result on Saturday,” he said.
“With the quality that we have, it’s easy to play behind any striker.
“It must have brought us together,” he said of the week encompassing Liverpool and Spurs games. “But when you’re in a place like this, there are so many players and no one has time to sulk and not give energy.
“If you’re not in the starting XI, you support your teammates and when you come in. I understand that the players want to play, but the morale of the team is really good and it needs to be. The team must come before any individual.
Whoever clearly wants more playing time Paul Pogba is available tonight despite his national suspension for his red card against Liverpool.
Donny Van Der Beek, who has been linked with a Barcelona loan, Sancho, Martial and Jesse Lingard are all hoping to see some action.
Man Utd likely XI to face Atalanta: From Géa; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo