Bruno Fernandes says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was right to replace him with Donny van de Beek in the starting lineup for Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday.
United claimed a late 3-2 victory over their bitter rivals in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with Fernandes coming off the bench to fire home the winning free-kick.
Solskjaer raised eyebrows when he demoted the Portuguese midfielder, undoubtedly his most influential player, to the bench in place of Van de Beek.
Yet despite making the crucial impact as a substitute, Fernandes insists the Dutchman replacing him in the side was the best move for the team.
When discussing Solskjaer’s decision to drop him, he said: “Tired? I'm 26-years-old so I can't be tired.
“If I'm tired now, when I arrive at 30, 32, I will not play. I will play one game in five so, no, I'm not tired.
“Of course the coach knows what is better for the team and he choose to play with Donny to give some freshness to the team.
“I think it's fair enough because Donny is training really well, he's been important for us and will be more and more important in the future.”
United suffered three semi-final defeats last season and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the same stage earlier this month.
But Fernandes is desperate to win trophies at Old Trafford and has set his sights on leading the club back to glory.
“I came to the club because I knew it is one that wants to win everything – and my mentality and my way to be in my life and football is about winning,” he added.
“So you have to be confident. You have to trust your team-mates, you have to trust yourself, and you have to believe.
“And I will believe until it's not possible anymore, you know? Like when I see someone get the trophy before me then I will (have) lost my belief.
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“I always was like this. I don't like to lose, so I think maybe the mentality is more like I don't like to lose. For me, losing is not normal so my mentality comes from that.
“Whatever it is, when I was playing with my friends, my brother, with my neighbours, I never wanted to lose. I want to win every time, this mentality will be with me for the rest of my life.”
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