Bruno Fernandes shows elite leadership with critical self-assessment following Watford draw

Manchester United failed to beat Watford during Saturday’s Premier League encounter at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils would have been hoping to return to winning ways following an underwhelming 1-1 Champions League draw away to Atletico Madrid earlier in the week.

Returning to domestic duty this weekend, United, led by interim manager Ralf Rangnick, were overwhelming favourites to take all three points away from Old Trafford.

However, after putting in a valiant defensive performance, Roy Hodgson’s resolute Hornets ground out a hard-fought draw ensuring their hopes of survival remained intact.

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United on the other hand, who dropped two points, now see their Champions League qualification under huge threat with Arsenal just two points behind in the league table, but with three games in hand.

One player who will be spared criticism is defender Harry Maguire who was omitted from Rangnick’s starting 11.

Taking the side’s armband in place of the rested English centre-back was midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

However, after struggling to breach Ben Foster’s goal on numerous occasions, the Portuguese playmaker had an afternoon to forget.

Assessing his own performance, as well as his teammate’s, while speaking to reporters after the game (as quoted by MEN), United’s number 18 said: “It’s a hard one to take obviously. We created enough to win this game. We have to be a little bit more clinical, starting with me, I had many chances today to score.

“We didn’t score, we don’t concede goal, but if you don’t score then you don’t win the game. It’s a hard one to take, but there’s a massive game coming up and we have to prepare ourselves for that game.

“It felt like we could have played another 90 minutes and we would have been here all day without scoring. It makes no sense to think about this game. We need to watch and understand what we can do better, but our focus needs to be on the next one.”

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