Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes shows elite mentality with PFA Player of the Season comments
Man Utd: Solskjaer praises Fernandes performance
Manchester United have seen Bruno Fernandes shine ever since his move to Old Trafford back in January. And he’s now shown his elite mindset by admitting he’d prefer to win trophies with the Red Devils than individual accolades. The 26-year-old is already being tipped to win the PFA Player of the Season award having scored 10 goals and registered seven assists from 15 Premier League matches so far.
United lost their first three games of 2020.
But, since Fernandes’ move to Old Trafford, the 26-year-old has helped turn Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side around.
United are currently flying high in the Premier League, sitting second in the table behind only Liverpool.
And Fernandes has admitted he’d prefer to win trophies with the club than pick up individual awards for himself, telling the club’s official website: “If we win trophies, it is the most important thing.
“Of course, it’s good for a player to win individual awards and I will never say I don’t want to be the best player in the league or I don’t want to be the PFA Player of the Season.
“I want to be [that] but I want to be [that] if the team wins trophies.
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“If the team does win trophies, for me, it’s the same.
“For me, the most important thing is to help my team-mates to also be Player of the Season. That’s the most important thing because, if someone from the club is Player of the Season, it means that we do very, very well this season.
“I think we will always be happy if someone else takes an individual award because it means the team is doing well. Nobody in football, a team sport, wins an individual trophy just doing well himself.
“You have to do well but you have to have the help of your team-mates to do well.
“When you have an individual trophy, of course, you are doing really well and deserve the credit but that credit goes to the team because they help you do better and better.”
Solskjaer was a man under severe pressure prior to Fernandes’ arrival.
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And talkSPORT pundit Dean Ashton believes the Norwegian wouldn’t be in the job if it wasn’t for the Portugal international, saying: “He is that good, honestly, if you look at what he has done since going in.
“We always talk about the enormity of playing for a club like Manchester United.
“For some players, it takes time to adapt. I’ve heard players who have played for the likes of Manchester United saying what a huge step up it is.
“They didn’t realise just what came with playing for a club like Manchester United. Well he has walked in there as if they are lucky to have him!
“He’s gone in there with that sort of confidence as if to say, ‘you have been waiting for me and now I am going to show you why.’
“He’s played 29 times in the Premier League for Manchester United, he has had 32 goal involvements – 18 goals and 14 assists. Another part to a top player that I always look at is how they improve everybody else.
“Is anybody else getting better alongside you? Absolutely.
“Marcus Rashford is suddenly flourishing because he knows, as a forward, that the minute Bruno gets the ball he can make the run.
“You know the ball is going to come, it is going to have the right weight on it, he’s going to be a step ahead of the defender because of the quality and the vision Bruno has got.
“Would Ole still be in the job without Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United? No, he wouldn’t.”
Fernandes is expected to feature when United meet Aston Villa on New Year’s Day (8pm).
The Red Devils drew 2-2 with Dean Smith’s side when they faced off in the same fixture last season.
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