Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes has admitted this weekend’s clash against Everton will be “very difficult”.
Sean Dyche’s Everton come into the clash at Goodison Park reeling from discovering they have been deducted 10 points due to the breaching of financial fair play regulations.
The Toffees also face the prospect of being sued for £300 million by Burnley, Leicester City and Leeds United due to Dyche’s side staying up with those three sides going down.
Goodison Park on any occasion would be a tough test for Erik ten Hag’s men but facing an Everton side with their backs against the wall and their fans behind them will be a different beast.
Fernandes on difficult test
“We have to focus game by game, now we have an away game against Everton and it’s really difficult to play there,” Fernandes says.
“They just lost 10 points, so we know that they need points, they are going to fight for their points, so we just have to find the focus to go to Everton and win the game, because we know that in the Premier League, these kinds of games are always tough.”
The away games don’t get any easier for the Red Devils with United taking on Galatasaray in Turkey where anything other than a win will eliminate them from the competition, following their 4-3 defeat to FC Copenhagen.
The Portuguese midfielder actually has a good record against Everton at Goodison Park, he netted twice in the 3-1 win back in 2020. He also scored a few months earlier in the 1-1 draw prior to the March 2020 lockdown.
United’s tough run of fixtures
Before the turn of the year, the Red Devils will have to take on Liverpool, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Newcastle United at St James Park.
It’s fair to say that things aren’t getting any easier for Ten Hag who is under pressure at Old Trafford. The former Ajax boss could do with his captain performing as well as he has done for his national side this weekend, where he has six goals and seven assists in 10 games in Euro 2024 qualifying.
Despite his lack of goals, Fernandes is still performing at a high level but just needs to get back to making more of an impact in the final third.