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Bruno Fernandes must step up for Man Utd in Champions League pursuit

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes must step up for the club if they want to qualify for the Champions League next season.

The Portuguese has been the Red Devils’ most creative player for some period of time, but he has struggled to find consistency this campaign.

The 29-year-old has only three goals and five assists from 25 league appearances. He had another frustrating game against Fulham earlier today.

Fernandes won eight duels and four tackles at Old Trafford, but he also lost possession on a staggering 28 occasions with zero crosses completed (0/6).

He managed just two long balls (out of eight). Fernandes’ shot on goal led to Harry Maguire scoring off a rebound, but that was his only contribution.

Fernandes must step up for United in season run-in

The €70 million-rated star has built a big reputation for himself during his time at United. He has been underperforming by his high standards recently.

In our opinion, Fernandes needs to step up and make regular goal contributions to keep the club in the Champions League pursuit in the coming months.

The club have dropped eight points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa after today’s result, but they are only three points behind fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have a game in hand.

Fifth spot could yet be sufficient for the Red Devils to qualify for the Champions League next season, suppose the English clubs go all the way and win the European competitions this term.

Hence, there is still plenty to play for in the Premier League and every game should be treated as a final.

Meanwhile, the club will be in action at Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup fifth round in midweek.

The competition is United’s last chance of a trophy this term. Fernandes and the rest of the attackers need to be at their best against Forest, who beat them at City Ground earlier this season.

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