Bruno Fernandes reveals his intention to stay at Man United

Bruno Fernandes reveals his intention to stay at Man United

Bruno Fernandes has said he does not want to leave Manchester United, adding that he wants his “expectations to match those of the club” after a frustrating season.

The 19-time champions suffered the worst Premier League campaign in the club’s history this season, finishing eighth in the table.

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Their 14 league defeats in a single season are the most since they suffered 16 during the 1989-90 campaign under Sir Alex Ferguson.

In a column for The Players’ Tribune on Friday, Fernandes said playing for United has been his “ultimate dream” but he wants assurances from the club that they can match his ambitions as a player.

“I love stepping into Old Trafford more than anything in the world,” said the United captain. “I don’t want to leave. This has always been my biggest dream.

“I just want my expectations to match the club’s expectations. If you talk to any fan, they will tell you the same thing. We want to compete for the league. We want to play in the Champions League. We want to be in cup finals. That’s the standard. That That’s what I want. That’s what you all deserve.

“I just want to keep fighting. I want to be here. My family wants to be here.”

Fernandes has previously said he will consider his future at United, but not until after this summer’s Euros with Portugal.

The midfielder has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford after a season in which Fernandes has scored 15 goals and provided eight assists in all competitions.

Al Nassr is one of the Saudi Pro League clubs interested in signing the 29-year-old, a source told ESPN.

Fernandes’ on-field behavior and suitability for the United captaincy have been criticized since he took over from defender Harry Maguire in July 2023.

However, Juan Mata told ESPN in April that Fernandes is a “great leader” and that the club’s “culture needs to be built around him.” Fernandes said Friday that he has tried to be true to himself at all times.

“As captain, I just tried to be Bruno,” said the Portugal international. “Not another legend, not another personality, but myself. The same Bruno on and off the field. And for me, honesty is everything. You fans deserve honesty, for the way you have supported us.

“Frustration. Isn’t that what we’re all feeling? I think that’s really the only word for this season. If you ask me, or if you ask any United fan, it would be the same thing.

“There were a lot of moments where we won a huge game, and we thought it was okay, now we’re going to build on this… And it never happened. It never quite clicked for us. We weren’t consistent enough and we have to be better for each other, for the club, for our fans.

United will face rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup final on Saturday, which could have potential ramifications for Erik ten Hag’s position as United head coach.

City manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday that the Dutchman could be “in trouble” if his team loses to City in the FA Cup final for the second consecutive season.

Fernandes, however, is focused on becoming the first Manchester United captain to lift the FA Cup since Wayne Rooney in 2016.

“After this difficult season, it is my responsibility to give more. It starts with me. And it starts tomorrow,” Fernandes said. “We have to give everything in this last game against City and we have to move forward.”