Bruno Fernandes says Manchester United ‘must do better’ despite recording first win at Old Trafford this season
Bruno Fernandes has insisted Manchester United must do much better after his penalty saw the Red Devils narrowly edge West Brom at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men avoided becoming just the third side in the club’s history to start a campaign with five winless home league matches on Saturday evening.
Fernandes was involved in penalty drama at both ends against Slaven Bilic’s Baggies, with his second-half spot-kick enough to seal a narrow 1-0 win against the promoted visitors.
“It was a tough game,” the Portuguese midfielder said. “They played really good football – they are tough in the back, they are strong.
“I think we can do much better in the final third. We need to do much better. I think everyone feels the same.
“The performance was good, but I think we can do much better and everyone agrees with this.
“I don’t think we have to build from here. We are building from the beginning. You build from the losses also. Of course, you don’t want to lose – a team like this, a club like this, doesn’t need to lose to build something important.
“But it’s there. We did the mistakes, and now the point is to keep going and doing the right things and, most important, take the three points.”
Fernandes was twice saved by the intervention of the video assistant referee.
The 26-year-old gave away a penalty at the start of the second half, only for referee David Coote to overturn his decision after being advised to watch back the challenge on Conor Gallagher.
Fernandes swiftly had his own chance from the spot after Darnell Furlong handled, but former United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone denied him with a fine save.
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However, the VAR ordered the penalty to be retaken as the West Brom goalkeeper had strayed off his line and the midfielder made no mistake with his second effort.
“I have to score,” Fernandes told MUTV. “If he comes out of his line or not, for me, it doesn’t matter. I have to score. I have to have one chance and put the ball in.
“I take the second chance and I’m not happy, at all, because you can’t have two chances, maybe sometimes. Today you have, but maybe other times you will not have this kind of situation.
“But this happens against us in the home game against Crystal Palace when David (De Gea) saved, and after they score, so I think the rules are there.”