Bruno Fernandes has opened up on the prospect of a title challenge with Liverpool. The Portugal international’s comments follow in the aftermath of Manchester United’s 2-1 victory against Aston Villa on Friday.
Fernandes, 26, was on the scoresheet from the penalty spot again as United won their 10th league match of the season.
The result saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team go level on points with leaders and current holders Liverpool, with both the Reds and United gridlocked on 33 points after 16 games.
Following the match, Fernandes spoke out on the possibility of challenging Liverpool for the title. His response was rather diplomatic.
Speaking with BBC Sport, he said: “Of course but it’s far away the end of the Premier League so we have to keep going, train hard and try to keep winning. You have to keep this mentality of winning and winning.”
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Amid their ongoing injury crisis, Liverpool have been relentless to remain the team to beat still in England.
The Reds have the likes of Thiago Alcantara and shortly Diogo Jota to return. As a result, this will certainly enhance the team’s title aspirations.
However, United are in good form themselves. They have won more league games than Liverpool, after all.
With that said, United have heavily relied on the individual brilliance of Fernandes, who has clocked up a whopping 15 goals and nine assists this season.
Unlike last season, Liverpool aren’t running away with the title. It all sets up perfectly for a titanic encounter against United on January 17.
Remarkably, Fernandes has never featured against the Reds in a competitive match.