Bruno Fernandes claims moving to Manchester United and his success in the Premier League made 2020 the best year of his football career.
Fernandes has been instrumental for United ever since joining them from Sporting CP in January 2020.
To date, the attacking midfielder has provided 35 goals and 21 assists from 63 appearances for the club. His form raised them back into title contention for a brief time earlier this season.
Even though hopes of a title challenge this season may have faded, Fernandes remains a key player. Indeed, United hope to reward the player for his rich form by tying him down to a new and improved contract.
While Fernandes is yet to agree on a new deal amid claims claims he is ‘stalling’, Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk has a fanciful transfer line over the United star.
Nonetheless, the player is clearly settled at United and enjoying his football. So much so, that this pundit named him his “outstanding choice” to win the Player of the Year.
Reflecting on his 14 months at Old Trafford, Fernandes has given an interview with il Gazzetta dello Sport.
“For me, 2020 was special. From a professional point of view, it was the best year ever. The transfer to United, the Premier League, 12 months of satisfaction on the pitch,” he said in quotes transcribed by Sport Witness.
“Outside, it was complicated: the distance with the family, the protection from the virus, the difficulty in keeping the small children at home who struggle to understand the reasons for the restrictions.”
Fernandes ready for Milan battle
Fernandes’ immediate focus is on Thursday evening’s tussle with AC Milan in the Europa League.
The two European giants renew acquaintances in the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 clash.
And ahead of the Old Trafford showdown, Fernandes clearly has a lot of respect for the Italian giants.
“In some respects, we and Milan are the same,” he added. “Two clubs with a prestigious past, 10 Champions Leagues in the trophy room, which have gone through a transition phase, but are returning to the top. At the start of the season, no one thought Milan could fight for the Scudetto.
“We are in March and they are second, playing well, have interesting young players and have the added value of [Zlatan] Ibrahimović’s strength.”
Fernandes has also made clear his desire to one day become a manager when the times comes to retire. He added that he ‘tries to follow other leagues’, ‘reads’ and ‘informs himself’.
Figures, given he was seen standing besides Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the latter stages of Sunday’s Manchester derby.