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Fernandes piles pressure on Man Utd team-mates ahead of Liverpool clash

Bruno Fernandes believes Manchester United can get three points against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday evening, despite their opponents’ unbeaten start to the season

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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has piled the pressure on his team-mates by insisting they “have to win” against Liverpool.

The Red Devils take on Jurgen Klopp’s side at Old Trafford on Sunday evening – and few are backing the hosts to be victorious.

Fernandes told TNT Sports via Sport Witness: “Manchester United have to think about being the protagonist game by game.

“Because, let’s say that the fact that we often think ‘we want to be champions’, ‘we want to win titles’, it’s true that this club demands it.

“But we have to think that if we don’t win game by game, it’ll be difficult for that to happen.”



Bruno Fernandes told Brazilian TV that Man Utd’s clash with Liverpool is a must-win game for their title hopes
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United have struggled recently, picking up just one point from their last three Premier League games against Aston Villa, Everton and Leicester.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are currently five points behind leaders Chelsea and are yet to play any of the so-called “Big Six” this term.

But United did pick up three points in their last game, recovering from two goals down to beat Atalanta 3-2 in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are yet to lose this season, winning five of their eight Premier League fixtures. That record looks even more impressive when you consider they’ve played both Manchester City and Chelsea.









Klopp’s team have also been formidable in Europe, beating AC Milan, Porto and Atletico Madrid to sit top of their Champions League group.

Fernandes, though, isn’t concerned by Liverpool’s outstanding record and is urging his United team-mates to get the win on Sunday.

He added: “So now we have a very big game. We have a game where we have to win. A very important game against one of the club’s biggest rivals.

“A game where we have to win points, we haven’t won points at home for two games.



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“We have to do it because in the league we’ve won a point from three games. And it’s not enough. And now we have to show that we’re here and that we’ll be in the fight.

“But to be in the fight it has to be game by game and our focus has to be Liverpool.”

Just three United players made Mirror Football’s combined XI with Liverpool, while Solskjaer could be without Marcus Rashford and Fred for the Premier League fixture.

Both players picked up injuries against Atalanta, with Fred pulling a hamstring and Rashford suffering a dead leg. But the United boss remains hopeful they can play against Liverpool.

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Discussing Rashford’s chances, Solskjaer said: “I hope so and I think so. It’s a dead leg.

“Sometimes that can take longer than what you want but if we treat it well he should be okay. He’s worked really hard. It’s about getting his football form back in.

“Marcus is a natural talent, but he wants to work on his game and he has worked without contact allowed and then he took us his goal really well.”


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