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Bruno Fernandes hails Manchester United's winning mentality ahead of one-year anniversary at Old Trafford

Portuguese international has transformed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team since arrival from Sporting Lisbon

Bruno Fernandes is completing one year at Manchester United. PA
Bruno Fernandes is completing one year at Manchester United. PA

Bruno Fernandes will mark his one-year anniversary at Manchester United this week and says the Premier League leaders suit his mentality because they are "a club who want to win everything".

The 26-year-old Portuguese international has transformed the fortunes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side since joining from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020.

His winner in Sunday's thrilling 3-2 win over Liverpool in their FA Cup fourth-round tie was his 28th goal for United.

"I come to the club because I knew I will come to a club who want to win everything – and my mentality, my way to be in my life and football is about winning," Fernandes told the Press Association.

"And so you have to be confident, you have to trust your team-mates, you have to trust yourself, and you have to believe.

"And I will believe until it's not more possible, you know? Like when I see someone get the trophy before me, then I will [have] lost my belief."

Fernandes' winning mentality is fuelled by his hatred of losing.

"I don't conform with losing games is normal stuff," he said. "For me, losing is not normal so my mentality comes from that."

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United have lost four semi-finals since the Portuguese arrived at Old Trafford, the latest earlier this month in the League Cup to Manchester City.

The club have not won the league since Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013 and they last won silverware in 2017.

Fernandes, who has faced criticism over his recent performances, came off the bench to score with a thumping free-kick against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool on Sunday.

The midfielder denied he was beginning to feel the strain of a punishing season.

"Tired? With 26 years old I can't be tired," he said. "If I'm tired now, when I arrive at 30, 32, I will not play. I will play one game in five so, no, I'm not tired.

Published: January 26, 2021 07:23 AM

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