Manchester United could end the season as Europa League champions and Premier League runners up – but that won’t be enough for Bruno Fernandes.
In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, the Portuguese playmaker said a club of United’s stature must be challenging for every major honour as he outlined the hunger and ambition he has to help restore the club to their past glories.
United are in the quarter-finals of the Europa League and sitting second in the Premier League, 14 points behind leaders Manchester City.
While Fernandes won’t concede the title is out of reach until it is mathematically impossible, he admits United haven’t been at the level required to be a championship-winning team this season – and made it clear what the expectations should be at Old Trafford.
“For us, it is about improving as a team,” he told White and Jordan, when asked what progress is for United.
“Of course we want to win trophies, we want to win everything we are included in. At the moment, we are not at that level this season.
“We have lost a lot of games. We have lost games we don’t expect to lose and have lost a lot of points at home and away our form is really, really different. I don’t remember if we have lost one game away in the league.
“We are improving and this season is not finished and we have a lot to do until the end of the season. Until it is not mathematically possible, you have to believe so when I see it is not possible to catch City, I will forget the league.
“It’s never a success when you win just one trophy at this club. In the past we have won a lot of trophies. It is always successful when you win something because it means you have done something good but, at the same time, it doesn’t matter how many trophies you win, you always have to improve.
“It doesn’t matter if this season we won four trophies, we would still need to improve. If this season we win just the Europa League, we still need to improve.
“It doesn’t matter how many trophies we win, we have to improve every season.”
Fernandes has been oustanding ever since arriving at United from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020.
He credits boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with helping him showcase his talents from the very start.
“At the beginning he was important because he told me to express myself, don’t be afraid to do what I was doing at Sporting and to be myself, and that is really important for a player to feel that confidence from the coach,” he said.
Fernandes also highlighted the importance Michael Carrick has on him and the rest of the squad as assistant to Solskjaer.
He added: “He was a top player and he can help to improve every player here.
“We have a lot to learn from him. I really appreciated his qualities as a player and now I am happy to have him as a coach to help me to improve and pass on his experience as a player.”
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