06 Mar Man United’s Fernandes on big-game criticism: I can deal with strain
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has dismissed criticism round his performances in opposition to the Premier League “Massive Six” teams this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect have didn’t win a league sport in opposition to England’s prime golf equipment this time period with Fernandes’ solely purpose coming from the penalty spot in United’s 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
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The Portugal worldwide has the possibility to enhance on his document when United face runaway leaders Manchester Metropolis on Sunday however mentioned he can deal with the strain in huge video games.
“I do not know what folks imply by ‘prime six’, as a result of the teams are in prime six within the desk,” he informed Sky Sports activities. “I rating and help in opposition to a few of them. I rating this season in opposition to Tottenham. However some folks say penalties do not rely!
“I do know folks count on Bruno to attain or help in each sport as a result of once I arrived, I used to be enjoying rather well. If you happen to see my stats, everyone seems to be considering that Bruno has to attain in each sport, Bruno has to help in each sport.
“And I wish to try this – it is crucial factor. However as a participant, I do not search for the large six or the remainder of the league. I search for each sport in the identical manner. And I believe the league is just not a dash, it is a marathon. So you do not have to attain or win in opposition to the large six — you need to rating and win in opposition to everybody.
“I see folks speaking about Bruno not doing so nicely in opposition to the ‘huge six.’ Individuals have mentioned Bruno offers the ball away too many instances after we lose a sport.
“Additionally, within the sport in opposition to [Istanbul] Basaksehir, I scored two objectives and I misplaced extra balls than their team, however folks mentioned I used to be the most effective participant within the sport. So, what’s the level?”
Fernandes is the membership’s prime scorer this season with 22 objectives to his identify however criticised the notion that statistics are extra vital than performances.
“I noticed an interview from Luke [Shaw] saying, ‘folks now care extra about stats than the efficiency.’ And that is the reality. As a result of now they’re anticipating from me simply objectives and assists, and never performances.
“They do not care concerning the efficiency of Bruno, they do not care about ball restoration or what number of probabilities I create, as a result of I can create 10 probabilities but when I do not rating, folks will say Bruno did not play very nicely.
“However that is football. Football is within the second. Some folks have mentioned I am enjoying dangerous, and that I’ve to do higher. And I agree, as a result of we all the time can do higher. However for me, it is OK. I can have that strain on my again.”