Bruno Fernandes plays down talk of winning PFA Player of the Year prize and insists trophies with Manchester United are ‘more important’ after his superb start to the season
- Bruno Fernandes’ form has helped haul Manchester United into title contenders
- Midfielder is the Red Devils’ top scorer and assist maker so far this season
- The 26-year-old is tipped to win the prestigious PFA Player of the Year prize
- But Fernandes insists his main priority is to win titles with the Red Devils
Bruno Fernandes insists he is only focused on helping Manchester United win trophies despite being tipped as a potential winner of the PFA Player of the Year award this term.
The midfielder has been a huge success since arriving at Old Trafford in January for £55m from Sporting Lisbon and is a key part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side that has emerged as potential title challengers.
Fernandes has 10 Premier League goals this term as United’s top scorer while only Tottenham striker Harry Kane has more than his seven assists in the top flight.
Bruno Fernandes’ Manchester United form makes him a PFA Player of the Year candidate
His goal contributions have helped fire United to within three points of league leaders Liverpool with a game in hand and the Portuguese midfielder claims that delivering a first league title to Old Trafford in eight years is his main priority.
‘If we win trophies, it is the most important thing,’ Fernandes told MUTV.
‘Of course, it’s good for a player to win individual awards and I will never say I don’t want to be the best player in the league or I don’t want to be the PFA Player of the Season. I want to be [that] but I want to be [that] if the team wins trophies.
Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is the most recent recipient of the award
‘If the team does win trophies, for me, it’s the same. For me, the most important thing is to help my team-mates to also be Player of the Season. That’s the most important thing because, if someone from the club is Player of the Season, it means that we do very, very well this season.’
The 26-year-old claims he would be happy to lose out to a team-mate for the Player of the Year prize, won last season by Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne, because it would provide a strong indication that United were also performing to high standards.
Fernandes’ goals and assists has helped make United title contenders this season
The Portuguese midfielder insists he would rather win titles with United than individual awards
He added: ”I think we will always be happy if someone else takes an individual award because it means the team is doing well. Nobody in football, a team sport, wins an individual trophy just doing well himself.
‘You have to do well but you have to have the help of your team-mates to do well. When you have an individual trophy, of course, you are doing really well and deserve the credit but that credit goes to the team because they help you do better and better.’
United have the opportunity to go level on points with Liverpool at the summit of the table on New Year’s Day when they host Aston Villa, with Fernandes once again likely to be involved for Solskjaer’s outfit.
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