Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes hails 'amazing comeback'

‘We look like a team now’: Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes hails ‘amazing comeback’ against Man City as Erik ten Hag’s strong approach that saw Cristiano Ronaldo leave has brought the Red Devils closer together

  • Manchester United went one point behind Man City after a 2-1 win on Saturday
  • Bruno Fernandes scored a controversial equaliser for United at Old Trafford 
  • Marcus Rashford then scored to hand the Red Devils the important three points
  • Fernandes revealed he told the squad that they now ‘look like a team’ 
  • READ: Erik ten Hag has flexed his muscles to keep his team of stars under control

Bruno Fernandes has revealed that he told the rest of the Manchester United squad that they ‘look like a team now’ – before their comeback victory against rivals Manchester City.

The Portuguese international scored the controversial equaliser to cancel out Jack Grealish’s opener, before Marcus Rashford poked home the winner.

United are now just one point behind Man City in the table, and Fernandes after the game hailed an ‘amazing comeback’ that left Rio Ferdinand celebrating with his former team-mate Paul Scholes from the onlooking BT studio. 

Bruno Fernandes revealed he told his team-mates that they looked ‘like a team now’ before their comeback win

He told BT Sport: ‘It’s always important to win the game but as I said before the game for us it doesn’t matter [about] the opponent, the most important [thing] is winning and we did it. It was an amazing comeback, a great effort from the team. 

‘I said it before the game to the team “we look like a team now”, some months ago, you could see sometimes a team, sometimes each one of us looking a bit for ourselves but now you see a proper team that works hard for each other and you see that it pays.’

Fernandes scored the equalising goal for his side as they came from behind against Manchester City

United have looked a different team since the return of club football and have now won each of their last nine competitive fixtures, seven of which have come since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo who left the club by mutual agreement on November 22. 

And much of their improvement is likely down to Erik ten Hag’s hard approach, which has seen the likes of Marcus Rashford dropped for disciplinary reasons despite his glittering form. 

He has also imposed a ‘Ronaldo rule’ wage cap on United players, limiting their earnings to £200,000-a-week. 

After a slow start to the season United have won nine consecutive games 

Fernandes was also asked about his contentious goal that drew United level in the 78th minute. 

The ball was played through to Rashford, who was in an offside position, and appeared to run with the ball.

Importantly though, Rashford didn’t touch the ball, and he instead allowed it to roll into the feet of Fernandes to fire home.

Fernandes said: ‘I think because I was facing the goal Marcus probably saw I was in a better position, I didn’t know if any of us were offside or not but it doesn’t have any influence because no one [was] close to him so it doesn’t have an influence on the team to defend. 

‘The only one close was one close to me, so it is what it is – a goal – and in the end we are really happy.’

United are now just six points behind leaders Arsenal after an incredible run of form and they could close the gap to the Gunners when they travel to the Emirates next Sunday. 

Erik ten Hag’s strong approach appears to be paying dividends for United as they rise up the table

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