Fernandes believes United made 'statement' with thrashing of Leeds

Hat-trick hero Bruno Fernandes insists Manchester United made a ‘statement’ with their thrashing of rivals Leeds… and Portuguese star demands improvement on his tally of 27 goals last season

  • Bruno Fernandes says Man United set the tone for their term on the opening day
  • United crushed Leeds 5-1 and want trophies after a barren campaign last season
  • Hat-trick hero Fernandes is aiming to ‘do better’ by topping his own 27-goal tally
  • The playmaker feels United are ‘growing’ and praised the impressive Paul Pogba 

Bruno Fernandes is targeting another huge goal haul after helping Manchester United to make a ‘statement’ by hammering hapless Leeds 5-1 at Old Trafford on the opening day of the Premier League season.

United finished a distant second to Manchester City and failed to win a trophy despite Fernandes’ 27 goals last season, and the Portugal powerhouse believes their five-star showing is a sign that they can rectify that barren run this time around.

Speaking to BT Sport, Fernandes praised United for having the right ‘mentality’ and said: ‘Every season I want to be better than the last one.

Bruno Fernandes has already collected a matchball this season – but he wants to achieve more

The midfield marvel was on inspired form with a treble in a 5-1 opening day victory over Leeds

‘With every goal and performance I want to do better. I have started with three goals but there is a long way to go.

‘The team is growing up and now we try to do better. The statement today was against Leeds and the next game will be against Southampton [at St Mary’s on Sunday], so we will focus game by game. We can do something with this mentality.’

With four assists, midfield partner Paul Pogba was the only man with a case for rivalling Fernandes’ man of the match display, and Fernandes knows that the pair’s success is central to United’s hopes.

‘We know the quality of Paul – that is not for discussion,’ he said of United’s record signing.

Fernandes offered praise to assist machine Paul Pogba after the France star set up four goals

United suffered agony in the Europa League final as they finished last season without a trophy

‘We know what he can do and we saw that today. He is working for us and we know he can make this performance.’

Fernandes has been impressed by United’s new arrivals, including centre-back Raphael Varane – whose signing was confirmed on Saturday – and England livewire Jadon Sancho. 

‘We know the quality of the players who come in now,’ he reflected. ‘The team was already good and we saw that last season, even though we did not achieve the trophies.’

Striker Marcus Rashford was the only other United player to notch more than 20 goals last season, scoring 21 times.

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