Bruno Fernandes on the ‘mistakes’ Man Utd will never make again after derby fiasco

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The Manchester United midfielder answered the media’s questions ahead of their Europa League clash against Omonia.

Bruno Fernandes has insisted Manchester United will work on the mistakes they made against Manchester City in Sunday’s derby defeat.

The Red Devils were humiliated by their cross-town on the weekend, losing 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium.

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Erling Haaland and Phil Foden scored a hat-trick each for Pep Guardiola’s side, while Anthony Martial netted a brace for United and Antony was also on the scoresheet.

The result was the Red Devils’ first defeat in four league games and one Fernandes is adamant he and his teammates will learn from.

United fell to a 6-3 defeat to City in Sunday’s Manchester derby. Credit: Getty. United fell to a 6-3 defeat to City in Sunday’s Manchester derby. Credit: Getty.
United fell to a 6-3 defeat to City in Sunday’s Manchester derby. Credit: Getty. | Getty Images

"We had a meeting, we went to see the tough things, our mistakes,” Fernandes said in his pre-match press conference.

“After the game I said, we conceded three goals on the counter against a team that plays with possession. We could have avoided that - we didn’t.

“We know the mistakes and we can’t repeat them."

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Ten Hag’s arrival this summer saw numerous changes to United’s squad, with five first players signed, while several big names, such as Paul Pogba and Juan Mata departed.

Fernandes believes there is a ‘project’ at Old Trafford with Ten Hag at the helm, where every member of the squad needs to be on the same page.

"We start this season with a project, it’s clear we want to make a standard with the manager, an idea of play and everyone has to be on the same page,” he said.

“The Premier League is not that easy, we need to be at that high standard.

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"We had those four consecutive wins, and now we have this setback, but it hasn’t changed our ideas, our way of play and what we want to do as a team.

“I think it’s a process. We have had three months with the manager, the team is doing well."

Thursday’s game against Omonia presents the Red Devils with an ideal opportunity to bounce back from Sunday’s defeat.

Fernandes says United are going through a process under Ten Hag. Credit: Getty. Fernandes says United are going through a process under Ten Hag. Credit: Getty.
Fernandes says United are going through a process under Ten Hag. Credit: Getty. | AFP via Getty Images

The Cypriot team sit bottom of their Europa League group after losing their opening two games against Sheriff and Real Sociedad.

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Fernandes is hoping he and his teammates can use Thursday’s game as a platform for improvement and thinks United should be performing at the highest level.

"We have to do the best for this club, because this club deserves to be at the top but we have to look at ourselves, understand the problems, and what we can improve,” he said.

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