Bruno Fernandes says his sights are set on Manchester United silverware – Manchester Evening News

Manchester United architect-in-chief Bruno Fernandes believes the Reds are in a good place to challenge for silverware this season, as the club continues to make the necessary preparations ahead of the start of the new Premier League campaign.

United, who face Brentford at Old Trafford in their latest pre-season assignment on Wednesday evening, have already wrapped up two summer signings in the form of goalkeeper Tom Heaton and winger Jadon Sancho, with Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane soon poised to make it a hat-trick, meaning their recruitment drive has been impressive to say the very least.

Varane has agreed personal terms with United ahead of making the move from the Spanish capital and all that is left to be done is a medical and the relevant forms and documents to be signed.

Once his arrival is completed, United are poised to switch their attentions to signing a new central midfielder, with that another position that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to strengthen. However, adding to that area of the team could all rest on the Reds cutting their cloth first.

Nevertheless, Fernandes, who scored 28 goals in all competitions last term, is seemingly optimistic that United can make more positive strides this season after posting on social media that he was “seeing good things coming in the new season.”

“It could be in my personal life, the good season,” Fernandes told the PA News Agency with a laugh when that comment was put to him. “No, obviously I think as always we have a chance to win whatever we want, or wherever we try to win because I think last season unluckily for us we don’t get to win any trophies.

“We get to the final of Europa League but unluckily we don’t win.

“But, still, with the transfers or without the transfers, Manchester United will always be a tough opponent, we will try to win every competition we are included (in).

“As I always said, for me, being at this level, at this club, we want to win. It’s because of that I know we have the chance to win everything we are included (in).

“After, you can win or not, but we have the chance and we should and we will do our best to win something of course.”

Last season, United failed to clinch a piece of silverware, falling agonisingly short in the UEFA Europa League final against Villarreal. After the contest ended 1-1 at the end of 120 minutes, United were beaten 11-10 on penalties in one of the most long-winded penalty shoot-outs ever witnessed.

For Fernandes, the defeat in Poland was a gutting ending to a reasonably successful campaign.

“Of course it was more than frustration,” continued the Portuguese international. “It was sad because everyone works so hard to get to that final and to try to win.

“We do a good game. I think we should win the game in the normal time but, anyway, Villarreal is a good team. They deserved to win because every time someone wins they deserve it.

“No-one wins and they don’t deserve it. They do something good or something well to win the game, so better than us.



Bruno Fernandes and Portugal experienced a difficult Euro 2020.
Bruno Fernandes and Portugal experienced a difficult Euro 2020.

“Anyway, more than frustration, I’m proud. I’m proud of what we have done because of course we want to win trophies and we know we have the chance, and we have the capacity to win trophies.

“But I see an improvement on the team, on the mentality of the team, on the quality of the team.

“And I think the team will improve more this season and we are going up better and better, day by day, and now this is a new season, a new chance to win something and to do something different.”

Fernandes experienced more disappointment over this summer with Portugal at the European Championship, as the defending holders were knocked out at the last-16 stage by Belgium.

However, after a summer break away from the action, the former Sporting Lisbon man is now happy to be back for pre-season training as the countdown to the start of the new Premier League campaign continues.

“It’s always nice to come back, you know, because you pass some time away from the club,” admitted the attacking midfielder.

“When you are at the club and when you arrive at the end of the season, you start thinking ‘oh, I’m tired, my head, I need to rest, I need to see the family’.

“It was basically two seasons in one because of the Covid (situation) and everything.

“We have after the semi-final of the Europa League against Sevilla (in 2020) like five days to rest and come back again to start the new season, so basically it was everything in a row.

“But it’s always good to be back, it’s always good to see the lads again and have the chance to train with them.

“Of course as a player you want to be to be part of that, you want to be on the pitch training, having the chance to touch the ball. I’m really happy to be here.”

Although Portugal suffered an early exit from the Euros, Fernandes has admitted that he did take great pleasure in seeing Italy win the competition, beating England on penalties in the final at Wembley just over a fortnight ago.

He added: “My first girl was born in Italy so she’s a European Championship (winner). I’m not but she is.

“Basically I’m happy for Italy because they deserve to win. They make a really good European (tournament).

“I’m sad at the same time for England because it’s the country where I live now and I have some friends playing for the country.

“It was a mix of emotions and of course seeing one of my friends (Marcus Rashford) missing the penalty hurts a lot but that is (the) past.”

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