Bruno Fernandes welcomes busy Manchester United schedule ahead of season-defining fixtures

Bruno Fernandes is relishing the hectic season Manchester United are having, in which they are still in contention for all three competitions. 

Having lifted the Carabao Cup back in February, the Red Devils now tackle crucial fixtures in the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League.

The league, realistically, has turned into more of a top-four race than fans initially expected. Those title shouts earlier in the season seem long gone now, but it does show the impact Erik ten Hag has had that United were even considered potential league winners several weeks ago.

Today, United face 18th-placed Nottingham Forest at The City Ground in the 4.30pm kick-off. On paper, Ten Hag’s side should oversee a comfortable win, as Forest’s form has been so dismal that they sit in the bottom three and in a heated battle for survival. For them, every point is absolutely crucial and their faithful supporters will certainly be doing their bit to keep their team in the top flight, especially after spending 23 years outside England’s first division.

More silverware is on offer though and Ten Hag will be keen to add to the cabinet in his first season. Next Thursday, April 20, the Reds travel to Spain to take on Sevilla in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final. The tie currently stands at 2-2, so all the work is left to do at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.

Just three days after the European clash, United will make the trip to Wembley for the second time this year. Fans will be taking to London for an FA Cup semi-final awaits against an in-form Brighton and Hove Albion side, whom the Red Devils are winless against in their past two meetings. Some may want to check out live casino online for the best odds and offers.

Should they win, United may be forced to tackle a Manchester derby in the final, as rivals Manchester City remain in the competition. The Blues take on Sheffield United next weekend and so are major favourites to progress to the final.

One concern amongst the forthcoming fixtures is the fresh injury concerns United have been dealt. Lisandro Martinez has been ruled out of the season, Raphael Varane is sidelined and it’s still unconfirmed when Marcus Rashford may return. Alejandro Garnacho and Donny van de Beek are also long-term absentees.

Fernandes on United’s schedule

Still, Fernandes has faith in the Reds to see out results from now until the summer and believes they can lift more trophies after ending a six-year drought two months ago.

Whilst speaking to MUTV (via the club website), he said: “We want it to be like that [busy] because we want to play in different competitions. We still have the chance to win two of them and we still want to be in the top four. So it’s nice to be in that position. It’s tough but it’s nice at the same time.”

The midfielder has played a pivotal role for the Reds this season and has regularly donned the captain’s armband in Harry Maguire’s absence, so his mentality and leadership will have a positive impact on his teammates.

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