Bruno Fernandes has called on Manchester United to stop making “the same mistakes” as they crashed out of another semi-final.
The Portuguese experienced his third semi-final defeat in less than a year as a United player on Wednesday night, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side went down 2-0 to neighbours Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.
City also beat United at the same stage of the same competition last season, but that was before Fernandes arrived.
The former Sporting Lisbon star was, however, in the United sides that lost to Chelsea in the last four of the FA Cup and Sevilla in the semis of the Europa League following the restart to last season, and he says his side can’t keep losing in such a manner.
“I’m very sad and disappointed to once again don’t reach a final,” Fernandes posted on Instagram on Thursday evening.
“We have a lot to fight yet but we have to learn and understand that we can’t make the same mistakes anymore.
“We need to make an effort to further improve and be able to fight for trophies!”
Fernandes played for the full 90 minutes as Solskjaer again hoped that his key man could spark his side into life, and former United defender Gary Neville says his old teammate doesn’t really have a choice over continually selecting the playmaker.
“I don’t think anybody could think one person would have the impact on this Manchester United team [that he has],” Neville told Sky Sports.
“We all thought we’d need four or five players yet, with him in the team, they feel unbeatable. Without him they’re nowhere near as good.
“The one problem Ole has is he can’t rotate him. In any game that matters he has to play.”
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