express: Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes told his team-mates that they need to do “much better” in order to qualify for the Champions League next season. The Reds were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton on Sunday
United are currently sat in fifth position in the Premier League table.
The Red Devils are level on points with Wolves, but missed the chance to extend the gap on Sunday.
Fernandes’ wonder strike from 25 yards out cancelled out Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s early goal, which came under bizarre circumstances.
With the game in its’ infancy, David de Gea attempted to clear the ball from inside his penalty area, but dawdled on the ball for too long, allowing Calvert-Lewin to jump in front of the path of the ball.
Fernandes levelled the game later in the first-half, as he hit a first-time strike from distance which flew under the body of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
The result meant United continued their unbeaten streak with Fernandes in the side, but they missed the chance to close the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea to one point.
If Manchester City’s European ban is upheld, the team in fifth at the end of the season will qualify for the Champions League.
But Fernandes is under no illusions that it will be easy for his side, as he urged his team-mates to continue working to improve so they can keep Wolves on their tail and qualify for the Champions League again.
“With this draw, we need to be a little bit mad, because we need to do much better,” said Fernandes.
“We need to win the games, because we want a place in the Champions League.
“So we need to try more, to improve more, and I think in the next games we will be much better.”
Meanwhile, the Portuguese indicated that he feels he needs to personally improve when it comes totalling shots from outside the box, despite his goal.
Source: Published by express