To ease the pressure on Bruno Fernandes’ shoulders, LUKE SHAW delivered a rallying cry to his team-mates.
The Portuguese midfielder has been the talisman of Manchester United 11 months ago after his £ 55million from Sporting Lisbon.
Fernandes, 26, scored seven and assisted four this season in 11 league appearances, maintaining his excellent form from the last campaign.
He scored eight during his debut season in England, assisting seven in 14 Prem appearances.
Without Fernandes in the squad, United looked a different side, and Shaw would like to see his fellow stars step up to the plate.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the left-back said: “I think we now have incredible players even in our squad. But, of course, Bruno, the fact that he came to the Premier League in the middle of the season to adapt that easily… doesn’t surprise me, because you might say he was going to be unique with his confidence and his aura.
He wants to make himself stronger and develop the squad. That helped us because when he came in, we were in poor shape. Now he’s really important to our team and everything goes through him. We need to take some pressure off him as a team because he does a lot. He likes to do a lot, of course, but we still need to step up like other players.
Sometimes it looks like if Bruno doesn’t play well we struggle so we need to improve that and have more players stepping up to the plate.”