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Man Utd were amazing a week ago, we´re still in a good position – Fernandes

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 5 Nov 2020

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Bruno Fernandes is keen not to overreact to back-to-back Manchester United defeats, pointing out they were “amazing” prior to a tough week.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given plenty of credit as his side thrashed RB Leipzig 5-0 at Old Trafford on October 28, backing up their victory at Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League opener.

But the Red Devils subsequently lost at home to Arsenal in the Premier League, leaving them 15th, and then went away to Istanbul Basaksehir and saw their winning start in Europe come to an end.

United went down 2-1 in Turkey, losing on the road for the first time since January and seeing a club-record streak of 10 straight away wins ended.

However, the Premier League giants still top their Champions League group.

“We need to look: one week ago, everyone was talking about we’re going well, we’re doing amazing games,” Fernandes said.

“We won against Newcastle, we won against Paris, we beat Leipzig. We drew against Chelsea in one game when we can win.

“This game was important for us, winning the game to be comfortable in the table. Of course, making one or a few points again we [would have almost] passed the group.

“But now it’s the same. We are in a good position. We need to do the same: going for every game, trying to win, and it will not be different in the Champions League.”

Fernandes was disappointed by a lack of intensity early on in Istanbul, though, with Basaksehir winning 46 duels to the visitors’ 38 – just 11 of which came before the break.

Luke Shaw was United’s top tackler with three, half as many as former Old Trafford favourite Rafael’s six in the home side.

Meanwhile, United did not manage an effort on target until the 43rd minute when Anthony Martial halved the two-goal deficit.

“We did everything wrong,” Fernandes said. “The intensity was not good since the beginning of the game.

“They found a goal early and, after, the game was complicated for us. We tried until the end but the problem was I think we came later into the game.

“We can do much better; everyone feels that. We know we can’t concede goals like that, but now it’s time to look what we did wrong, to make it better in the next game.”

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