Bruno Fernandes has sent an appeal for calm over Manchester United’s FA Cup semi-final defeat.
This was the first time Fernandes had lost a game as a Manchester United player.
Clearly disappointed to lose the game and also the chance of a trophy, Fernandes called for some perspective.
United lost the match to Chelsea 3-1, with Fernandes netting a late penalty.
This defeat does not end United’s season. There is plenty more left to play for.
Fernandes’ message is important as this is a time in which United need leaders to step up.
The Portuguese maestro was United’s best performing player on the day, although admittedly there was little competition.
Fernandes has started every single game since lockdown and the reason for this is simple; there is nobody like him in United’s team.
Now there is one last push needed in the final two Premier League games.
It is so important to secure Champions League qualification and United are still in a commanding position after a strong run.
As Fernandes says, now is the time to take stock and reset, and put everything we have into getting the job done.
There is no time to wallow and for the players to feel sorry for themselves, or spent too much time dwelling on specific aspects of the defeat.
This is a time for United’s players to show character, and react positively.
Performances in recent matches against Southampton and Crystal Palace were not particularly good, and a result like this was probably coming.
So this could act as a wake up call, and one the team needs, heading into a vital week.
If United can come through these next two games with Champions League qualification secured, then this season will be seen as a success.
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