Bruno Fernandes believes Manchester United can right some of their wrongs with a strong performance in this evening’s much-anticipated clash with Manchester City and says a victory will give the side the momentum they need ahead of a busy winter period.
The Red Devils head into the derby on the back of their miserable Champions League elimination at the hands of Leipzig in midweek and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will be licking their wounds after the crushing defeat in Germany.
But United’s players will know a win over arch-rivals City – who sit one point and one place behind them in eighth – could see them propel to as high as third in the Premier League table.
You never have a perfect game to come off a defeat like that because you come out of the Champions League and it’s hard to take,’ United’s talisman, Fernandes, told the club;s official website after being awarded November’s Premier League Player of the Month award.
‘Obviously, you know in football, when you win a game like that [the derby], the past becomes history.
‘So, for me, no [the pain of Champions League exit does not help]. For the people around the club: the supporters and fans, of course, it will help them to forget that defeat against Leipzig and going out of the Champions League.
‘But, of course, we know winning against Manchester City will give us the spin we need to keep going.‘
Fernandes is used to the atmosphere of derby days after taking part in several of Sporting’s clashes with Benfica back home in Portugal and the attacking midfielder hopes to put smiles back on the faces of supporters after the disappointment of Tuesday night.
‘I think derbies are good to play,’ Fernandes added.
‘For supporters, it means a lot. I already played in a derby in Portugal, one of the biggest derbies we have: Sporting versus Benfica.
‘I know the feeling to play that kind of game, but I also know the feeling we players have to win those sorts of games because it means so much for the fans, for the supporters, for everyone in the club, but also for us it means a lot.
‘We want to do well; we need to win in the Premier League and we want to do good performances against big teams so we can show that we are at the top, and that we can do much better.‘