Rewind to just over a year ago and things weren’t looking good for Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Booed off after a dismal 2-0 home defeat by Burnley, the Red Devils were staring up at the top four and were a mile behind arch-rivals Liverpool who were sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League Table.
Fast forward a year and it’s all change. Manchester United sit atop of the Premier League, are currently on a 13 game unbeaten league run and have just progressed through to the fifth round of the FA Cup. Fernandes has been an integral part of the turnaround.
Bruno Fernandes Insists ‘I Can’t Be Tired’ as Manchester United Search for Premier League Title
The Bruno Fernandes Impact at Manchester United
Arguably no player has had more of an impact on one club since Fernandes’ arrival last January. According to Planet Football in the year he has been at the club, Fernandes has played in 50 games – scored 27 goals and has assisted a further 17. He has been involved in a goal or assist every 91.6 minutes. Since his arrival, he is the top scorer in the Premier League.
It is not just goals and assists he has bought to the club, Fernandes has given the Red Devils’ midfield dynamism and drive. He has a will to win and not only demands the very best from himself but from those around him. This has been epitomised by his dismay at being substituted well into injury time in recent matches. Fernandes is a winner and a future Manchester United captain in waiting. For United to maintain their title drive Fernandes is the key.
Can Bruno Fernandes Last the Distance?
Speaking to BBC Sport after United’s 3-2 FA Cup victory over Liverpool, Fernandes has dismissed any notion that he needs to be rested.
“Tired? At 26 years of age, I can’t be tired. If I am tired now, when I get to 30 or 32, I won’t be able to play or I will play one game out of every five. No, I am not tired.”
Speaking on whether he can maintain his form – Fernandes provided an insight into his elite mentality.
“I don’t conform with the idea that losing games is normal. Losing is not normal. Whatever it is, whether I was playing with my friends, my brother or my neighbours, I wanted to win every time. This mentality will be with me for the rest of my life, I think.”
As we embark on the second half of the season, Manchester United fans will hope that Fernandes can maintain his form and fitness. There is a feeling that the Red Devils will go as far as Bruno Fernandes allows them to go. If they can keep their talisman firing on all cylinders there is every chance that the Red Devils could be in with a real chance of winning their first title since 2013.