Bruno Fernandes is hoping that victory in this season’s Europa League can act as a springboard to future success and silverware at Manchester United.
United meet Sevilla in the last four of the Europa League this weekend as they look to progress to a first major final under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club having exited at the semi-final stage of both the FA Cup and League Cup this season.
A strong second half of the campaign has raised optimism that United are heading in the right direction under the Norwegian’s guidance, and a final meeting against either Inter Milan or Shakhtar Donetsk would represent an opportunity to finish the season with silverware.
United have failed to lift a major honour since winning the Europa League three years ago, and midfielder Fernandes believes securing the trophy once more lay the foundations for a period of sustained success at Old Trafford.
“I think it’s so important to win because every player needs to understand how it is to win a trophy for Manchester United,” Fernandes told the Press Association.
“For the coach, it will be important and for the players because I think we’ve done very well until now.
“I think if we finish with a trophy, it will not be perfect, but it will be a good year for us because Manchester United needs to come back again to win some trophies and fight for the European competitions and also the league.
“Finishing well now is a good start for next season.”
Fernandes spoke further of the expectations at a club of United’s stature and is now keen to cap a promising second half of the season with silverware, insisting Europa League glory can provide an emerging side with a winning ‘mentality’ as they bid for future success.
“We know we play for a big club with big aspirations, also the players, we have big aspirations and we need to win some trophies,” he added.
“Of course, the Premier League is one of the trophies we want to win and I think to win the Europa League would be good for the mentality of winning trophies and fighting with the top clubs.
“For next season, if we can win this, it will be important.”