Bruno Fernandes has been a revelation since signing for Manchester United in January 2020, quickly becoming a talisman for the Red Devils. His latest contribution, a superb equalizer in a 2-1 derby win over Manchester City, has pushed United within a point of their vociferous neighbours. This season of redemption is thanks in no small part to Fernandes’ boundless energy and vivid passing, which has been invaluable in the absence of a permanent captain. In April 2022, Fernandes surprised many by signing a new four-year contract, revealing in a recent interview with Athletic that he had sought assurances from the club’s director of football and technical director before committing. His goal is to help Manchester United win trophies and he is determined to be a driving force in their pursuit of success. With tough games against Arsenal and Crystal Palace coming up, Fernandes could be the difference maker in United’s title aspirations.
Since signing for Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in the January 2020 transfer window for a fee reportedly worth up to €80m (£67.6m), Bruno Fernandes has been a regular talisman for the Red Devils.
The Portuguese midfielder was in superb form again at the weekend, scoring the equalizer in a 2-1 derby win over Manchester City to move United within a point of their vociferous neighbours.
It has been a season of redemption for the Red Devils after a campaign to forget last term as they find themselves embroiled in a battle for top four honors under new manager Erik Ten Haag.
Fernandes has been instrumental in this run of form, leading the team in the absence of a permanent captain Harry Maguire and contributed much to his success with his boundless energy and vivid passing.
Novara’s Maradona surprised many by signing a new four-year contract in April 2022 at a time when United were in complete turmoil under interim manager Ralf Rangnick, but in a recent interview with Athletic, the 28-year-old admitted he had sought assurances from director of football John Murtaugh and technical director Darren Fletcher. before putting pen to paper on a new deal.
Fernandez said: “I’ve always said it’s a great honor and a dream come true (to play for this club). But obviously I came to the club and my goal is to win trophies because I know how big this club is and I know how big we can still be and get good and great results.
“So last year I had a conversation with the club when everyone knew that Ralph (Rangnick) was not the coach for the future and when the club decided that I spoke to the club and said that I want to be the solution for the club. I want to be useful to the club but I also want to know where we are going. Is there a plan, is there a future?
“It was before I signed my new contract because I said to the club, obviously money is important, nobody can hide it, it’s always important to earn more and more in football or in life, no matter what job you do, you always want to have the best for yourself.
“But at the time I said to myself that I have good money, I don’t want a new contract, not knowing that we have a good future at the club.
“What does the club want?
“The history of this club, the quality of the players we have, demand more than just being here and fighting for fourth place. Requires trophies, requires at least a trophy battle.
“And the club said they have a plan, this is what they want, we agree with you.
“(I spoke to) John (Murtaugh) and Darren Fletcher because they are people the players can relate to.”
Manchester United will have less work to do with tough games against Arsenal and Crystal Palace coming up in quick succession, but with their Portuguese man Magnifico in fine form, they could still become serious title contenders at the end of the week.