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Bruno Fernandes says he’s ready to entertain Manchester United’s supporters when Leeds United come to town next weekend.
The Portuguese made his first appearance in pre-season in a comfortable 4-0 win against Everton on Saturday afternoon, scoring a wonderful free-kick in a rampant first half for the Reds.
A 55,000-strong crowd at Old Trafford reserved special adulation for Fernandes, who, it’s worth remembering, only had two months at the start of his United career to experience full capacity crowds in England.
The rain came down in sheets, but the 26-year-old was delighted to be able to share that connection with United’s support again.
“It’s different when we have the fans back,” he told MUTV’s Stewart Gardner, “the feeling after scoring a goal, the shouting of the fans, everything, it’s really nice to have them back and we know they can give us confidence sometimes to do a little bit more and a little bit better.”
As for his view on the weather, Bruno gave a cheeky smile when he said, “it’s been a pleasure to have this kind of weather.”
Fans and players alike are eagerly anticipating a mouth-watering opening game of the Premier League season and have been for some time. The focus had to be on pre-season first, and now that’s been wrapped up in style against Everton, minds can start to turn to Leeds and the season proper.
“I’m feeling ready honestly,” Bruno said.
“It was a good break for me, I enjoyed it. I’ve come back and had two weeks of training and I’m feeling fresh and ready to start the season.
“Of course, we know now that that game [Leeds] is the one that counts for the league. Today was about doing the right things, taking some minutes in the legs, start doing the right things and try to put in what we are training all week in Scotland.
“Now we have one more week to prepare for the game and we have to prepare well because it’s a different game, different intensity, different team, different way to play. We know what to expect and I hope we can have the same result as today.”