In a quest for excellence, Bruno Fernandes, the talented midfielder of Manchester United, sets his sights on narrowing the gap between his team and the formidable Man City.
Despite Erik ten Hag, United’s manager, labeling the current season as a success after securing a top-four finish and the Carabao Cup, Fernandes holds a more ambitious perspective.
Even if United were to triumph over Manchester City in the upcoming FA Cup final at Wembley, lifting the prestigious trophy, Fernandes remains resolute in his belief that true success lies in winning the league and capturing major honours.
In an interview with ESPN, Fernandes emphasizes the lofty expectations associated with Manchester United due to the club’s illustrious history.
“For this club, a successful season is winning the league, winning the Champions League, winning big trophies because the past of this club, the history of this club, is big,” Fernandes asserts passionately.
“The big target in the league is winning it. It was a good season but not a successful one because success is winning. We are now building something we see can be special in the future.”
The ultimate objective is clear – surpassing Manchester City’s dominance. City has claimed five of the last six Premier League titles and reached two of the previous three Champions League finals.
It is a level of supremacy that United, under the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, once enjoyed and aspires to reclaim.
While some at Old Trafford shy away from comparing themselves to their city rivals, Fernandes fully embraces the challenge. “We want to win the league, and that’s what they did this season,” he boldly declares.
“City has done this so, yeah, they are the team to beat, we can say that because they won. City is probably the team that is playing the best football for so many years.
They’ve been consistent with that, and they deserve to be in this place because they’ve been really good.”
Undoubtedly, City has proven themselves too formidable this season, with the Premier League title already secured.
However, if they manage to conquer United in the FA Cup final and subsequently overcome Inter Milan in the Champions League, they will complete a historic treble, a feat achieved only once before in English football by Ferguson’s United in 1999.
As the highly anticipated FA Cup final approaches, United fans find themselves divided regarding the motivation for victory. Is it solely to secure the trophy or does the prospect of halting City’s treble aspirations and denting their rival’s ambitions hold greater significance?
With a smile, Fernandes acknowledges this sentiment: “We are aware of this. We know the story of our club, and that the fans don’t want City to do that. But for ourselves, it is about lifting a trophy.
The importance of this for us is winning another trophy, making sure we end the season in the best way possible.
We know if we win the trophy, the consequence that is Man City cannot do the treble anymore.
But from the players’ side, it is just about winning the game because we want to win a trophy for ourselves, the club, the fans. That is it.”