Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes’ cheeky trophy comments after flat Fulham draw
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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has cheekily claimed he’ll get a big trophy cabinet if he continues to excel at Old Trafford. The Portugal international has won the club’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for the second season on the trot. And he’ll be hopeful of being a Europa League winner when the club lock horns with Villarreal in a week’s time.
Manchester United could only draw with Fulham in their final match of the campaign.
Edinson Cavani opened the scoring with a majestic lob, scoring his ninth goal from his last 11 matches in the process.
But Fulham were plucky throughout the showdown and grabbed a point through Joe Bryan, who beat David De Gea with 14 minutes left on the clock.
Before the game, Fernandes received the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award.
That’s certainly no surprise, with the Portugal international scoring a remarkable 28 goals across all competitions this season.
And when asked if he has a big trophy cabinet at home, he provided a cheeky response.
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“Don’t worry, I’ll get a big one if it’s needed,” he said.
Fernandes also expressed his pride at winning the award. When asked what it meant to him, he said: “A lot.
“I always said that individual trophies are really good for players.
“It lifts you up, I would never say I don’t want individual trophies, but it’s not more important than a team trophy for me. But it’s always important.
“You’re doing something well, you’re doing something good, doing the right things means you can do a little bit more, improve a little bit more.
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“But, at the same time it means that the people are liking you, like the way you play, the way you trying to help the team, the way you do things, so that’s very important for me.
“But more important than that is winning a trophy at the end of the season and this is what it’s about because football is a team sport and for me it’s about winning trophies.”
United have failed to win their last three matches, having lost 2-1 to Leicester and 4-2 to Liverpool last week.
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his side must improve considerably if they’re to beat Villarreal and end their four-year wait for a trophy.
“We need to play better against Villarreal than what we have the last three games,” said the 48-year-old.
“But I think you’ve seen so many times that when we’ve been backed into a corner, when we’ve lost, when we’ve been criticised, we’ve always come back and stuck together.
“I think it might be a wake-up call because we tried to do the fancy stuff – the flicks, the extraordinary things, the things that pleased the fans.
“That’s not what we’re about. We should be more efficient.
“Have a look at Cavani, have a look at how he plays the game. Every single one of us look at him.
“Back tackles, runs, scores – there’s no fluff. And we can’t have fluff in a game of football.”
The match against Fulham was played in front of 10,000 fans.
And Solskjaer expressed a belief his players tried to put on a show against Scott Parker’s side, accusing them of complicating things.
“The buzz, the energy, the atmosphere was magic, really. It was fantastic to have them back,” he said.
“You felt in the warm-up the buzz of people just talking and that’s been missing. We’ve really missed it.
“Maybe that was part of the reason that we played the way we did because I thought we played too much to entertain at times.
“Too many difficult choices instead of a simple one. We made the difficult one, the one that might look better and that will come back to cost us at times. A good experience.”
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