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Bruno Fernandes speaks out on Manchester United semi final record

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Bruno Fernandes admits Manchester United need to improve if they are to take the next step and win trophies after several semi-final defeats under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United have lost four semi-finals in the last 13 months, three of which since Fernandes signed, the latest being Wednesday’s loss to City in the Carabao Cup.

Admitting United need to continue to improve in order to win silverware, Fernandes said there is still plenty to fight for this season and urged his teammates to learn from another loss.

He tweeted: “I’m very sad and disappointed to once again don’t (sic) reach a final.

“We have a lot to fight yet but we have to learn and understand that we can’t make the same mistakes anymore. We need to make an effort to further improve and be able to fight for trophies!”

Fernandes was unusually ineffective against City and former United captain Roy Keane said the Portuguese needs to do more in the big games to justify comparisons with Eric Cantona.

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Solskjaer watches on from the dugout

Manchester United’s good form was punctured by a 2-0 Carabao Cup semi-final defeat to Man City.

Goals from John Stones and Fernandinho secured a deserved win for City as United laboured at Old Trafford, losing a fourth semi-final under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United will now refocus on their league campaign, though more immediately they have an FA Cup tie vs Watford to look forward to on Saturday night.

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Keane told Sky Sports: “It’s not easy winning football trophies. Fernandes has had great praise, over the last few months, people have been comparing him to Cantona.

“But Fernandes didn’t really do much tonight; the top players turn up on the big occasions and that’s what the Cantonas used to do and get their hands on the trophies.

“They probably need one or two more players to come into the squad, no doubt, and the mentality – they need probably the confidence of winning a semi-final to get them over the line and then you need momentum, but they didn’t have it tonight.”

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