Bruno Fernandes doesn’t seem to be on the same page as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the topic of trophies.
Solskjaer made headlines last month when the Manchester United manager suggested that winning trophies was “sometimes more of an ego thing for managers and clubs.”
The United boss seemed to downplay the significance of going all the way in cup competitions and insisted that a club’s league position is a more accurate reflection of a team’s improvement.
Bruno Fernandes, however, sees things differently as the Portuguese playmaker insisted that United need to start winning silverware if they are to be considered successful.
“Trophies,” Fernandes told Four Four Two when asked what would constitute success with the Red Devils.
“We can’t think of anything else at this club.
“United is made for trophies and the whole mood is around that. We reached the semis [of the League Cup] and lost to City, but that’s not enough. That wasn’t our time – we need to be in finals, and to win them.”
The Europa League is United’s last hope of securing a trophy this season as local rivals Man City enjoy a considerable lead over Solskjaer’s side.
Fernandes, who has been a revelation since last year’s move from Sporting, is optimistic that United can narrow the gap next season by winning more matches and dropping fewer points at home.
“It’s tough in England, because the games are so tight,” Fernandes said.”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.”