Bruno Fernandes has challenged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s claims about winning trophies and insists his recent history is not good enough for a club the size of Manchester United.
Solskjaer only have one trophy open this season in the Europa League. There they will face Granada in the quarterfinals on Thursday and are currently the favorites to win the tournament. This would represent a first piece of silver under the Solskjaer regime.
One of their tracks, the FA Cup, was closed to them last month when they disappointingly lost to Leicester. After the match, Solskjear downplayed the importance of winning trophies. He even suggested that they are an “ego” for players and other managers.
“In the league position you see if there’s any progress for me, it’s always the bread of the season,” Solskjaer said. “Seeing the degree of ability to face ups and downs in any cup competition can give you a trophy. But sometimes it’s more of the ego of other managers and clubs to finally win something.
Still, Fernandes clearly disagrees, as he explained FourFourTwo why he considers trophies as the most important aspect of football.
United fell short in three semi-finals last season with Solskjaer, losing in the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League.
Clearly Fernandes he wants to address it as soon as possible.
“We can’t think of anything else at this club,” he said. “United is made for trophies and the whole mood is all around.
“It simply came to our notice then [of the League Cup] and lost against City, but that’s not enough.
“It wasn’t our time. We have to be in the finals and win them.”
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Bruno Fernandes reveals Greenwood’s difficult task
Meanwhile, Fernandes feels that Mason Greenwood faces a “difficult” future as opponents become wiser with their talents.
Greenwood, who rose to United’s academic ranks, burst onto the first team scene last season. The teenager scored 10 Premier League goals, becoming the third player aged 18 or under in competition history to reach double figures in a season. Although he fought in the early parts of this campaign, he impressed in recent weeks.
In fact, he has played the full 90 minutes in five consecutive games, scoring in each of the last two.
In fact, his last goal earned him three points at United the 2-1 win at Brighton at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Talking to MUTV, Red Devils teammate Fernandes insisted the goals should not be the focus of Greenwood’s attention.
Instead, he urged the young man to focus on his overall development, well aware that a natural eye to finish will not abandon the front.
“Everyone needs to know that Mason is a young player and now everyone is starting to know what Mason is like, it’s going to be harder and harder for him,” Fernandes said.
“It is normal. It is part of the development for him and he will learn from it, therefore, no matter how many goals he scores; the most important thing for us is that he still helps the team and that he is doing his best.
“It’s important for us as a team, no matter who scores.
“Whether Mason marks us or not, it is important if he can do other work, recover balls, press, defend himself when we need to, make assists, create danger.
“It simply came to our notice then. You have to understand, he’s such a young guy. Of course, all the strikers want to score, but, in any case, they will score more goals as the seasons go by ”.
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