Bruno Fernandes pinpoints moment that changed Manchester United's season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are currently top of the Premier League table and take on Liverpool FC in the fourth round of the FA Cup on S...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are currently top of the Premier League table and take on Liverpool FC in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.


Bruno Fernandes believes that the players' reaction to the draw with Leicester City in December is the moment that Manchester United's season changed.

United are currently riding high at the top of the Premier League table following a 13-match unbeaten run.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are two points clear of Manchester City, who have a game in hand, and Leicester. Meanwhile, reigning champions Liverpool are six points adrift of the leaders in fourth place.

United have brushed off the disappointment of their Champions League group stage exit to put themselves in contention for a first league title since 2013.

Fernandes says the frustration he saw in the away dressing room after the 2-2 draw with the Foxes at the King Power Stadium last month proved to be something of a turning point.

Fernandes had given the visitors the lead in the closing stages but they were denied victory by a late deflected Jamie Vardy strike.

The resulting disappointment of dropping points is something that has stayed with the Portugal star.

“After the Leicester game when we drew in the last minute, I was really happy to see the frustration on the team when I got to the dressing room," he told Football Focus.

"It was the first time I saw a real frustration after drawing a game.

“When I arrived I could see that the team was growing up. Game by game, we started to do better and better.

"Now, almost one year after I arrived, I think we still have problems. You can see we concede a lot of goals in the beginning of games."

United turn their attention to the FA Cup this weekend as they take on Liverpool in a fourth round tie at Old Trafford on Sunday, after the teams played out a goalless draw in the league at Anfield seven days earlier.

Jurgen Klopp's side are now without a win in five league matches - and have failed to score in the past four - following their shock midweek defeat to Burnley.

Yet Fernandes has defended Liverpool's recent form, claiming they have not got the results their performances deserve.

"I think teams have moments," he added. "I don't think Liverpool are playing poorly. I think they don't win and this is the point.

Fernandes also defended Liverpool's fabled attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

"When teams don't win, everyone talks about that," he said. "When players don't score, everyone talks about that.

"I feel that on me because I know the standard is high, because I arrived and I scored a lot of goals and make a lot of assists, and everyone is wanting goals and assists from me.

"It is the same - everyone expects goals from [Mohamed] Salah, from [Roberto] Firmino and from [Sadio] Mane. They are not scoring in the last games and it starts feeling like 'oh, they are not playing well'."


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