From a personal point of view, Bruno Fernandes’ first 12 months as a Manchester United player could scarcely have gone better.
Signing back in January of 2020, the Portuguese was brought to Old Trafford to add an extra attacking element to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
And he has done just that…and more.
In his 42 games for the club, Fernandes has a staggering 40 goal involvements, with his thirst for more goals only growing.
“Of course, I am really happy to have these numbers and, obviously, it is not easy to get to this point with these numbers but I want to do better and better, more and more,” he told the club’s official site. “I want to finish the Premier League this season with more goals and assists than games. That would be good.”
Despite his own accomplishments however, United failed to win a trophy, extending their drought to over three-and-a-half years.
And that’s the main frustration for Fernandes as he reflects on his first year at Old Trafford.
“I think the first 12 months, the 11 months for me [here], have been great,” he said. “Of course, the main thing I want, I didn’t achieve, until now, is the trophies. That is clear.
“We really can do that in 2021 and, of course, I think, at the end of everything, what we did in the last 11 months was really good. I’m very happy to be here and to be part of this biggest club.”
United managed to reach the Europa League semi-final last year, but Solskjaer, like his star player, understands that as a club, they must start winning silverware.
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“Of course it’s something we’re aiming for,” he said. “We want to improve every season and to improve on last year is to get to the final. Of course, when you get to a final, there’s only one thing that matters and that’s lifting the trophy.
“I remember winning my first trophy and towards the end of my career, I think Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic’s first trophy was the League Cup in 2006. It does give something to a team.
“We are desperate to get our hands on a trophy. These players are desperate to learn how to win.”
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