After scoring in Manchester United’s derby win over Premier League leaders Manchester City, Bruno Fernandes maintained that “people will still complain about everything.”
Fernandes scored in United’s 2-0 win over City on Sunday, converting a penalty after just 101 seconds at the Etihad Stadium to end City’s 21-match winning streak.
Before United’s victory over City, the Portugal international was in the spotlight, with his record against ‘top six’ clubs being questioned following his goalless draw with Chelsea last time out.
Tottenham was the only team in the proven ‘top six’ that Fernandes had scored against this season – a penalty in a 6-1 thrashing at home to Spurs in October – before scoring against City.
When asked if he feels the burden of expectation, Fernandes, who has 16 goals and 10 assists in 28 Premier League games this season, said, “Every penalty has the same pressure for me. Taking a penalty is often stressful, whether it’s against City or another team. Taking the pens is always a challenge. That kind of pressure appeals to me. It’s a decent amount of strain. I knew exactly what I needed to do. I did it correctly and with the appropriate force, and I’m delighted to have scored. For us, it’s all about winning. People will still have plenty to worry about. Bruno will continue to score in major games in the future.
They’ll say there were no goals in open play, that it was a foul, and that it doesn’t count! As a result, the most important thing for us is to win the game. It makes no difference if you score; once the ball hits the net, it’s a goal. I’ll be satisfied regardless of whether it’s me or someone else who scores.”
United’s unbeaten run away from home in the league now stands at 22 games, thanks to Luke Shaw’s goal five minutes into the second half.
For the first time since November 1993 to November 2000, United has won three consecutive away games in all competitions against City.
With 10 games left, United is only 11 points behind City at the top of the table.
“I almost think it was great. We provided a lot of opportunities where we should have finished stronger or played a better last pass or shot. It’s always a positive sign when we build opportunities because it means we’re playing well and trying something new,” Fernandes said of the results.