Bruno Fernandes has revealed the mentality that has helped to make him so successful for Manchester United by saying that losing is “not normal for me”.
The Portuguese’s late free-kick against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday knocked the champions out of the FA Cup fourth round. This was Fernandes’s 16th goal of the season to make him United’s leading scorer, and his 28th in total since signing almost a year ago. He also won four Premier League Player of the Month awards in 2020, a record for a calendar year.
The 26-year-old was asked about his will to win. “I don’t conform with [the idea that] losing games is normal stuff,” said Fernandes. “For me, losing is not normal so my mentality comes from that, you know? I always was like this. I don’t like to lose, so maybe the mentality is more like I don’t like to lose.
“Also playing whatever it is, when I was playing with my friends, my brother, my neighbours, I never wanted to lose, I want to win every time. This mentality will be with me for the rest of my life, I think.”
United face West Ham in the fifth round of the Cup, are the Premier League leaders, and begin their Europa League campaign next month. Fernandes is confident he can help to deliver the first trophy of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s tenure as manager.
“I came to the club because I knew this is a club who wants to win everything. So you have to be confident, you have to trust your teammates, you have to trust yourself, and you have to believe. And I will believe until it’s not possible. Like when I see someone get the trophy before me [only] then I will [have] lost my belief.”
Of the strike against Liverpool, Fernandes said: “Every goal is a great moment, every win is a great moment for us. Personally, of course, scoring the last goal in a game like this against one of the biggest rivals we have is always important. But I think the most important moment in the club [for me] will be when I get a trophy.”