Bruno Fernandes encapsulated everything that was excellent about Manchester United during the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night, scoring the second goal in a memorable performance as captain.
Such is the playmaker’s quality, his slower rate of goals and assists has come under scrutiny this campaign. Bruno made one thing clear after the game, though: he is willing to do whatever it takes to help the team succeed, even if it impacts his personal output.
I don’t like the words ‘being the main main’,” Bruno told Amazon after ex-Red Patrice Evra suggested he plays better when in a leading role. “Sometimes on the pitch, there are players that need to attack. I have always said: ‘I am a good anchor, I have to work hard.’ It was my way to play since I was a kid.
“Obviously, you want to get your goals. You like to have this [lifts his Man-of-the-Match trophy],” Fernandes continued. “I understand my position. I know some players that are on the pitch, I respect their position and I know, in moments, I will need to do different things to get the best out of them. I don’t ever wish to not sacrifice myself to get the best out of my team-mates.”
Fernandes executed this philosophy against Spurs with a tone-setting display. He was all-action; pressing high to halt the visitors’ progress, spraying progressive passes to Marcus Rashford ahead of him, and finding pockets of space that Spurs continually failed to detect.