Man Utd superstar Bruno Fernandes has fired back at critics of his suspect record against members of the traditional ‘top six‘ this season.
The Portuguese playmaker – who Man Utd may soon have to make an additional payment for – has been a revelation since his arrival in the winter window over one year ago.
His impact has been unparalleled, almost single-handedly transforming Man Utd from top four hopefuls to title contenders.
It has not all been smooth sailing against certain teams for Fernandes, however, with his record against the bigger sides recently coming under scrutiny.
Man Utd have failed to record a victory in any of their seven clashes with ‘big six‘ sides in the league this season.
Fernandes has underperformed too, notching just one goal and zero assists in those contests.
Fernandes has now hit back at the critics, even joking that some believe that penalties do not count.
He told Sky Sports: “I don’t know what people mean by ‘top six’, because the teams are in top six in the table.
“I score and assist against some of them. I score this season against Tottenham. But some people say penalties don’t count!
“I know people expect Bruno to score or assist in every game because when I arrived, I was playing really well. If you see my stats, everyone is thinking that Bruno has to score in every game, Bruno has to assist in every game.
“And I want to do that – it’s the most important thing. But as a player, I don’t look for the big six or the rest of the league. I look for every game in the same way. And I think the league is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. So you don’t have to score or win against the big six – you have to score and win against everyone.
“I see people talking about Bruno not doing so well against the ‘big six’. People have said Bruno gives the ball away too many times when we lose a game.
“Also, in the game against Basaksehir, I scored two goals and I lost more balls than their team, but people said I was the best player in the game. So, what is the point?
“But I agree the last two games, I didn’t play very well. And I don’t need to see the stats to see if I play well or not. I know when I play well or not.”
Fernandes references Luke Shaw interview
Bruno continued: “I saw an interview from Luke [Shaw] saying, ‘people now care more about stats than the performance’. And this is the truth. Because now they’re expecting from me just goals and assists, and not performances.
“They don’t care about the performance of Bruno, they don’t care about ball recovery or how many chances I create, because I can create 10 chances but if I don’t score, people will say Bruno didn’t play very well.
“But this is football. Football is in the moment. Some people have said I’m playing bad, and that I have to do better. And I agree, because we always can do better. But for me, it’s OK. I can have that pressure on my back.
“I’m sure in some moments, I will score, I will assist, and I will perform. And that will help my team-mates to win the game.”