Bruno Fernandes has outlined his desire to ‘improve more’ despite the midfielder’s impressive start to life at Manchester United.
Fernandes has starred since his mid-season arrival at the club from Sporting Lisbon, scoring three goals and providing a further four assists to quickly establish himself as a key component of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
The performances of the Portuguese international saw him named as the Premier League’s Player of the Month for February, but despite his instant impact the 25-year-old has revealed his ambitions to continue improving as he adapts to English football.
“My idea for the next years are doing better than I have until now.
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“For me, nine games it is not good enough because now is maybe the most difficult part. The players start to recognise your game, start to know how you move, how you pass, how you shoot and the things become difficult now.
“So now I need to improve more and to work more and understand more the teams who I play against, because they will understand me better, but I need to be prepared to understand better the difficulties they can have.”
Fernandes also discussed the differences between the Premier League and other European leagues, the midfielder having previously plied his trade in both Italy’s Serie A and Portugal’s Liga NOS.
The playmaker has noted differences in the physical demands of playing in England, admitting there is a greater importance placed on high intensity running.
“In England, it’s is not like you run more, because you run the same [amount] in Italy and Portugal, but maybe you need to run more in high intensity,” he said.
“Sometimes you go back faster, and sometimes you recover the ball and you have space to go again, and so you will counter and counter and counter, and you are in high speed for many minutes compared to other countries.”