Fernandes says Man Utd 'ready to win trophies'
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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to change his tactics in the club’s 3-2 win over Atalanta on Wednesday, according to reports. The Red Devils looked down and out in their Champions League tie but they rose to the fore in the second half, picking up all three points in the process. And they’ll be hoping for a similar result against Liverpool on Sunday.
Manchester United had fallen two goals behind against Atalanta, with Mario Palasic and Merih Demiral both on target for the visitors.
But they rallied after the interval, winning 3-2 courtesy of goals from Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo.
It was a big result for United and for Solskjaer, whose side are now on course to make the Champions League knockout stages.
One player who was vital on the night was Fernandes, with the Portugal international scooping the club’s man of the match award.
And The Sun say that, at half time, the former Sporting Lisbon star told Solskjaer to change his tactics for the win.
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It’s claimed he told his manager that he ‘had to drop deeper on the pitch to get the ball more.’
And it appeared to work, with Fernandes a far more influential figure after the break.
He wasn’t the only player to call for change, either.
It’s also stated that Ronaldo himself ripped into his team-mates, asking if they were ‘ashamed’ of themselves as they looked destined to lose.
In the end, however, United got the win.
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And they’ll be hopeful of a similar result when they lock horns with Liverpool in Sunday’s Premier League showdown.
Unfortunately for United, however, Fernandes is an injury doubt for the showdown at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer confirmed that on Friday, saying: “It’s still just Friday, the game’s on Sunday, we’ll give everyone time.
“We might have the whole squad back fit, we might be two or three players down. Today we didn’t have everyone [in training]. Let’s see Sunday.
“Games like Wednesday night are always going to bring knocks and bruises and we do have two or three carrying knocks from that game.
“I’ll give everyone time and hope I can pick from a fully fit squad, I might be without two or three.
“Yes, Bruno might be a doubt, but he’s doing everything he can to be ready.”
Solskjaer also praised Ronaldo, too, labelling him ‘unique’ amid comparisons with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
“I’ll always back Cristiano in any competition. He’s unique,” he said.
“His goalscoring record is incredible and he just keeps on scoring.
“That being said, Salah, at the moment, he’s on fire. You see some of the goals he’s scored lately.
“We know we have to be at our best to defend against him. You know, players like this don’t come around very often and we have to enjoy them from afar, not on Sunday, that’s too close for me.
“We have to do a good job, not just against him.
“I’m a big admirer of the front line they’ve had for many, many years now with [Sadio] Mane and [Roberto] Firmino. Maybe [Diogo] Jota will play, who knows?
“They are players we have to focus on, we have to be nailed on for 95 minutes to keep a clean sheet.”
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