April 20, 2021

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Man United star Fernandes his back at critics of ‘Big Six’ record

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Bruno Fernandes has hit back at criticism that he has only performed well against the Premier League’s lesser sides this season.

Last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea meant that in seven games against the ‘Big Six’ this campaign United have failed to win a single one and have only managed to score once, that coming in the 6-1 humiliation by Tottenham Hotspur.

Fernandes scored that goal from the penalty spot but he has otherwise failed to have as much influence in games against United’s top four rivals.

If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side wish to keep their slim title hopes alive then they will have to buck that trend on Sunday when they travel to face neighbours and run away leaders Manchester City.


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Ahead of the match, Fernandes has dismissed the criticism he has received for his performances against the ‘Big Six.’

“I don’t know what people mean by ‘top six’, because the teams are in top six in the table,” the Portuguese told Sky Sports. “I score and assist against some of them. I score this season against Tottenham. But some people say penalties don’t count!

“I know people expect Bruno to score or assist in every game because when I arrived, I was playing really well. If you see my stats, everyone is thinking that Bruno has to score in every game, Bruno has to assist in every game.

“And I want to do that – it’s the most important thing. But as a player, I don’t look for the big six or the rest of the league. I look for every game in the same way. And I think the league is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. So you don’t have to score or win against the big six – you have to score and win against everyone.

“I see people talking about Bruno not doing so well against the ‘big six’. People have said Bruno gives the ball away too many times when we lose a game.

“Also, in the game against Basaksehir, I scored two goals and I lost more balls than their team, but people said I was the best player in the game. So, what is the point?

“But I agree the last two games, I didn’t play very well. And I don’t need to see the stats to see if I play well or not. I know when I play well or not.

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Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw by Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players were frustrated for the third goalless game in succession, dropping more points to allow Man City to streak away at the Premier League’s summit, on a poor day for the forwards.

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“I saw an interview from Luke (Shaw) saying, ‘people now care more about stats than the performance’. And this is the truth. Because now they’re expecting from me just goals and assists, and not performances.

“They don’t care about the performance of Bruno, they don’t care about ball recovery or how many chances I create, because I can create 10 chances but if I don’t score, people will say Bruno didn’t play very well.

“But this is football. Football is in the moment. Some people have said I’m playing bad, and that I have to do better. And I agree, because we always can do better. But for me, it’s OK. I can have that pressure on my back.

“I’m sure in some moments, I will score, I will assist, and I will perform. And that will help my team-mates to win the game.”

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