Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side strengthened their grip on second-place with victory over Brighton at the weekend and look all but assured of Champions League football next season.
However, they still remain 14-points behind runaway league leaders Man City and know further improvement will be required if they are to become true title challengers.
So what is the solution? Fernandes has a simple answer.
While much can be made about tactics and transfer he believes the simple solution to fighting for the Premier League title is by winning more matches, particularly those at Old Trafford.
“To win more matches,” he told FourFourTwo. “It’s tough in England, because the games are so tight. Every team genuinely has a chance to win the match. It’s 50/50 before every game, and we see it with the results.
“But we’re doing better. We can’t drop as many points as we do at home, but we’ve been in second, and at the start of the season there weren’t many people who were saying United would be second.
“After a few games and a bad start, nobody was saying United could reach the top of the table, but we ignored what people were saying on the outside. We knew what we had said on the inside, we had confidence that things would improve, and they did. We still have to be the best United we can, but we have improved.”