Bruno Fernandes scored another two goals against Roma this past week to take his Manchester United goal tally to 26.
Fernandes is not done yet. The club website report how Bruno wants to surpass his personal best tally of 32, scored for Sporting in 2018/19.
He was quoted by the MEN: “I scored 32 at Sporting so I expect to pass that mark, my target every time is to get better, my target is to win trophies but for myself my target is to improve every season.”
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about this and said he does not doubt Fernandes has the capability to do it.
Solskjaer told the club website: “I wouldn’t put it past him! I’m sure Bruno will say this too, but it’s not about individual accolades or awards or prizes, it’s about the team getting to a final and being successful together. That’s how we build this team and this club: by being a team.”
A real chance
Fernandes agrees with Solskjaer that trophies are more important than individual accolades.
Fortunately he is a very unselfish player, he leads United in assists with 16 so far this season.
What could let Fernandes down, regarding his goal target, is the prospect of him getting rested as the season goes on.
Including today’s game against Liverpool, United have five league games left, plus two Europa League games including the final.
Fernandes could be rested for Donny van de Beek, who needs games, especially with Champions League qualification nearly secured.
A couple of young players like Hannibal and Shola Shoretire could even be mixed in.
Fernandes has a good chance to reach 30 goals during the games left. Whether he quite gets enough to surpass 32 and reach his individual 33 goal target could be a tough ask.
It is good that he has the incentive though. What you don’t want late in the season is for the players to ease up. Fernandes has no incentive, and he will want to keep playing and give Solskjaer a selection dilemma, even though it may soon become wiser to simply wrap him in cotton wool and save him for the Europa League final.
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