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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes praises Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and reveals Premier League title belief

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Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes has not yet given up hope in this season’s title race (Picture: Getty)

Bruno Fernandes says he is relishing the chance to learn from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Michael Carrick every day at Manchester United and insists he will continue to ‘believe’ the club can win the title this season until it is mathematically impossible.

The 26-year-old attacking midfielder made an immediate impression after joining United from Sporting in January 2020 and has been one of the Premier League’s standout players this term, notching up 16 goals and 11 assists.

However, the Red Devils’ title charge hit the buffers over a grueling winter period and their form on home soil has been an area of serious concern, with all four of their top-flight defeats coming at Old Trafford.

Speaking to talkSPORT ahead of Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first leg with Granada, a frustrated Fernandes bemoaned United’s poor results at the Theatre of Dreams across their hit-and-miss domestic campaign.

The Portugal midfielder has been one of the Premier League players of the season (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s about improving as a team because we know we want to win trophies and we want to win everything we’re included in but at the moment I think we are not at that level this season,’ the Portuguese said.

‘We lost a lot of games. Honestly, the home games are not the ones you expect to lose and we lose a lot of points at home. And away our form has been really different.

‘We are improving and this season is not finished and we have a lot to do until the end of the season. As I always say, until it’s mathematically impossible, you have to believe.

‘So when I see that it’s no longer possible to catch City, then I will forget the league.’

Fernandes is enjoying his experience under head coach Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)

Fernandes believes United’s season should not be deemed a ‘success’ even if they go on to win the Europa League and finish second in the Premier League behind Manchester City.

‘No, it’s never successful when you win just one trophy at this club. You see in the past that they won a lot of trophies,’ he added.

‘It’s always successful when you win something. That’s important to understand because it means we did something good.

‘But at the same time, it doesn’t matter how many trophies you win, you always have to improve.

‘So it doesn’t matter if we won four trophies this season and I think we still need to improve. If this season we win just the Europa League, we still need to improve.

‘The most important thing for us is understanding that it doesn’t matter how many trophies we win, we still have to improve every season.’

Fernandes has been picking the brain of United first-team coach Carrick (Picture: Getty)

The former Sporting captain is clearly enjoying his time under Solskjaer and greatly appreciates being given the freedom to ‘express himself’ in a United shirt.

‘For me, as with every player in the team, he’s influential because he’s our coach so most of the decisions we take is with his help of course because we have to follow his rules,’ Fernandes said when asked about his experience under the United manager.

‘At the beginning he was important because he told me to express myself, don’t be afraid to do what I was doing already at Sporting, and to be myself.

‘That’s really important for a player, to feel that confidence from the coach.’

Fernandes feels lucky to have such an acclaimed and vastly experienced former player, Carrick, on United’s coaching staff.

‘As everyone knows, he was a top player and I think he can help to improve every player,’ Fernandes went on.

‘Obviously for the midfielders it’s easier for Michael to help and I think we have to understand that we have a lot to learn from him because he was a top player.

‘I really appreciated his qualities as a player before and now I’m happy to have him as a coach to help me to improve and to pass on his experience as a player.’

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