Bruno Fernandes claimed Manchester United had the “biggest chances” of the game against Fulham on Saturday, despite needing a late goal to secure a narrow win at Craven Cottage.
Scott McTominay thought he had put the visitors in the lead after putting the ball in the net in the tenth minute, but it was chalked off after Harry Maguire was deemed to be offside following a VAR review.
The opening half of the contest was a sluggish affair with few chances for either side, but the game burst into life after the break as Man United put the hosts under immediate pressure. But it was Fulham who looked more likely to break the deadlock following a series of corners that had the United defence creaking.
The Red Devils managed to pull out a winner from nowhere when Fernandes capitalised on Fulham’s inability to clear the ball out of the danger zone, as the Portuguese struck home from the edge of the box.
It was a much needed win for Erik ten Hag’s side following consecutive 3-0 defeats to Manchester City in the Premier League and Newcastle in the League Cup.
“Everyone knows the situation is not the best, we lost the last two games and it wasn’t the performances we wanted to give or the results but today it was a different game,” Fernandes told TNT Sports after the final whistle.
“We had to give something different and we delivered. We got the three points and that’s the most important thing.
“It’s about the team what everyone does on the pitch. Everyone has to sacrifice, run, work harder. Even on the goal, you could see everyone working hard to get the ball and that’s what makes the goal.
“It was a good performance. We could create more chances but we still had good chances. First half, we had control of the game, second half was a more divided game but I think the biggest chances were always on our side and I think we deserved the win.
“It has to build confidence but we have to understand that we can still do more. Understand now that it is about getting results every time we play.”
Man United will travel to Copenhagen on Wednesday as they bid to save their Uefa Champions League campaign. They currently sit third in the group with just three points after three games.
“Champions League is important for us to get three points,” Fernandes said. “Difficult game away this week but we are Man Utd and we have to win every game.”