Bruno Fernandes a DOUBT for Liverpool clash as Man Utd dealt shock injury blow

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Bruno Fernandes is suspected of a shock injury for Manchester United’s game against Liverpool.

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Fernandes completed the full 90 minutes against Atalanta on Wednesday but was on the receiving end of some strong challenges.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worries about a major injury ahead of Man Utd’s clash with Liverpoolcredit: EPA
The Portuguese star is sweating Bruno Fernandes' fitness

The Portuguese star is sweating Bruno Fernandes’ fitnesscredit: getty

He had gone to Carrington for warm-down training yesterday, but by afternoon the limits of his exertion had clearly taken hold and he was walking with a loud limp.


Now manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope it is nothing more than pain and anguish when he is evaluated today so his Portuguese playwright could be involved in a crucial Premier League tie at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Fernandes was part of the team that went on to win the Champions League 2-0 down 3-2 against the Italian side on Wednesday night.

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But he admits that if they make the same mistakes against Liverpool as they did in admitting twice in the first half, they are going to be in trouble.

Fernandes said: “We made mistakes, we still won the game, but we have to go to the training ground to understand what we did wrong and not make the same mistakes in the next game against Liverpool.

“I think the team has to go game-by-play, understand what we can do better or what we need to do better so that we don’t end up in the same position in some games like Leicester, Aston Villa that we used to be in before. Or Everton and in the first half of this game.

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“We have to go back and understand what went wrong and fix it.”

Fernandes was not error-free on Wednesday, not hitting the target he wanted with his 14 passes in the last third – but he claims he came in trying to open the opposition.

He added: “It’s what, you know, you have to take risks sometimes.

“I probably sometimes shouldn’t take as many risks as I did in the first half when I lost many, many passes – but I have to try because I have to find my strikers.

“I think sometimes I know the pass is difficult or the opportunity to go in isn’t enough, but I want to respect my striker’s movements and try to score them.

“I keep making some mistakes, but sometimes I try to give my best, to help my teammates score goals.”

Meanwhile, Paul Pogba, who came into the second half with the team 2-1 behind, praised Cristiano Ronaldo’s incredible spirit for snatching the victory with an 81st-minute header.

Pogba said: “We showed great character – the character of this team, of this club.

“It was a very good result even though we didn’t start well but in the end we got the result we wanted and the energy, you could just feel the confidence and the positive energy on the pitch.

“I can say it was a beautiful victory, with confidence, we kept on believing.”

Now Pogba is enjoying Sunday’s visit to Liverpool, saying: “I mean, that’s the beauty of football too because it’s not a sport you can say ‘oh, you rest’. You have to go again.”

“We knew it would come anyway, big teams, big clubs.

“We are Manchester United, we know it won’t be easy but we are here to play those games.”

Paul Pogba praises United's spirit after Champions League return

Paul Pogba praises United’s spirit after Champions League returncredits: PA

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