Fernandes wants Man Utd to learn from Liverpool defeat

Date published: Friday 14th May 2021 12:29 - James Holland

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Bruno Fernandes has explained how Manchester United can use their defeat to Liverpool to accelerate improvement in the team.

After anti-Glazer protestors forced their original clash to be called off, the old Premier League rivals finally met each other on the pitch on Thursday night.

Liverpool got the better of the Red Devils thanks to goals from Diogo Jota, Mo Salah and a Roberto Firmino brace, which gave Jurgen Klopp his first Old Trafford win.

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Fernandes, who captained Man Utd and scored the opening goal, thinks his team can learn from the 4-2 loss.

He said: “I think the performance was good. We keep the ball well, we play side to side, we try to do what we trained at.

“But, at the end, when you go down 2-1 and you have to play 45 minutes against a team like Liverpool, trying to push a little bit more and create dangers, you give more space to them.

“They take that space, we concede another two goals.

“I think everyone was disappointed in the dressing room because we know we made big mistakes but we learn from that and we have to keep improving and understanding we are not at our best yet.”

The absence of skipper Harry Maguire was huge as Man Utd lacked defensive organisation for Firmino’s first goal.

He got away from marker Paul Pogba and headed into the net from close range.

Fernandes continued: “We started well, we score, we create more chances after that.

“And after we concede two goals from set pieces and, as we know, we have to work on that. We concede many goals this season from set pieces.

“As I said before, everyone is disappointed in the dressing room and we know we have to improve.

“We have to do better and we have to do it right now in the next game against Fulham because we want to secure second place.”

United face Fulham and Wolves in their final Premier League fixtures, although one eye will certainly be cast towards their Europa League final.

They play Unai Emery’s Villarreal on May 26.

Speaking about the season’s end, Fernandes added: “The confidence has to be high. We know what we have done all season.

“We can’t go down after a defeat. Of course it hurts, hurts a lot, but we have to understand, we have to learn from this and not be afraid in the next game to do something

“We have to keep improving. We know we are not at our best yet so it’s time to be improving, keep improving and now improving from the mistakes we did today and doing better in the next one.”

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