Bruno Fernandes issues no-nonsense response to fitness concerns

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has put to bed any suggestions that he is tired and in need of a rest.

Fernandes, 26, joined United almost exactly 12-months ago after making a £49.5m switch from Liga NOS side Sporting Lisbon.

Since his arrival, the Portuguese attacker has had a profound effect on the Red Devils’ on-field performances.

After making his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers last season, the 26-year-old has since gone on to start 32 Premier League matches.

In light of his remarkable and tireless efforts to feature in more or less every United game, Solskjaer decided that Sunday’s FA Cup tie against Liverpool was the perfect chance to give his main-man a well-deserved rest.

Fernandes was forced to watch on from the sub’s bench during his side’s FA Cup tie, however, despite starting on the bench, the midfielder’s talent was still called upon.

At the game’s hour-mark, Solskjaer opted to bring Fernandes on in place of Donny van de Beek and what a decision it turned out to be.

Not long after being on the pitch, Fernandes expertly dispatched a free-kick which turned out to be the game’s winning goal as United went on to win 3-2.

There have been recent suggestions that the 26-year-old should be rested more often in an attempt to keep him fresh.

Addressing those suggestions whilst speaking after Sunday’s match, Fernandes, as quoted by MEN, said: “Tired?

“At 26 years old I can’t be tired. If I’m tired now, when I arrive at 30, 32, I will not play. I will play one game in five so, no, I’m not tired.”

As the fixtures continue to come thick and fast, United’s next match is scheduled to be a domestic encounter against struggling Sheffield United on Wednesday night.

Fernandes is expected to feature as he looks to continue his impressive season’s tally of 16 goals and 10 assists in all competitions.

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