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Special Bruno Fernandes can ‘still do better’

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BRUNO FERNANDES insists his best is yet to come despite crowning a thrilling start to his Manchester United career by being named the Premier League’s player of the month.

The 25-year-old, signed towards the end of the January transfer window for an initial £46.6million from Sporting Lisbon, said he was fulfilling a dream by playing for United.

And his immediate impact has been underlined by Fernandes collecting a hat-trick of accolades for his first month in English football, having also won the PFA’s fan award and his club’s individual honour for February.

‘Since I was a kid it was a dream to play for Man United and to be there at Old Trafford is the biggest dream of my career,’ said Fernandes, who has contributed two goals and three assists in his five Premier League appearances so far.

‘When you come to a new club you always want to score and the first goal is special. It doesn’t matter how the goal is scored, but important is the goal’s worth.

‘I’m happy with my start but from now I need to give more, to be better.’

Despite English football being suspended until at least April 3, and possibly much longer, Portugal midfielder Fernandes and his United team-mates are due to return to training today. Precautions are in place at their Carrington base due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the training ground currently remains open.

United won 5-0 against LASK last Thursday in a Europa League last-16, first leg played behind closed doors due to Covid-19 restrictions put in place by Austria’s government.

The club are waiting on today’s Uefa meeting to find out the implications of the disease’s outbreak on the schedule.