Fernandes scored the opener before Cristiano Ronaldo netted a double, as Manchester United came from behind to beat Arsenal 3-2.
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes was understandably happy with registering a “great win” against Arsenal on Thursday night. He wants the team to take the momentum from the 3-2 victory into Sunday’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace. On Thursday, United took all three points from an entertaining contest at Old Trafford. In a topsy turvy contest, Fernandes scored the opener before Cristiano Ronaldo netted a double, as Manchester United came from behind to beat the Gunners. Despite the emphatic manner in which the team won the match, the players will have no respite. There will be a swift turnaround with preparations set to begin on Friday for the next outing on Sunday, when Palace are the visitors to M16.
As happy as Fernandes was with the win, he stated that the team’s focus is already shifting towards the meeting with another club from the capital at the weekend. “Every win is important for us at this moment,” the 27-year-old said, in a post-match interview with Amazon Prime. “We know that we have been through a lot of ups and downs, and it has been hard for us to come out of that. Today we got a great win, but we cannot stop here and be satisfied because we beat Arsenal. The next game is coming quick, so we have to put our heads on that straight away and be ready for that one.”
The match was a special one for Fernandes, who brought up a century of appearances for the Reds, less than two years on from signing for the club. It was not just him reaching a notable landmark on the day. His national teammate Cristiano Ronaldo impressively scored his 800th and 801st career goals in the win.
“What can you say about that? It’s incredible,” Bruno spoke about Ronaldo’s latest achievement. “He’s proving game by game, year by year, season by season, that he wants to keep being the best, he wants to be the best and that’s what he did. He doesn’t need anyone to motivate him, he knows how to do it and how to carry on scoring goals.”
Speaking before the players were told of Michael Carrick’s decision to step down from his role of first-team coach, Bruno had some good words for the former Manchester United midfielder.
“Michael can be a really good manager in the future if he gets the chance,” said Fernandes. “He knows how to speak, he knows a lot about football. He was one of those great players that not a lot of people talk about but from what I know and what I have seen, he can be a top coach.”
The former English midfielder was given the caretaker responsibility after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left the club recently. With Carrick at the helm, United won a crucial away match against Villarreal in the Champions League last midweek before getting a valuable point at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in the Premier League. His final game in-charge of United saw the team defeat Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford on Thursday night.