Bruno Fernandes has questioned the ‘attitude and belief’ in the Manchester United team during their derby day thrashing by Manchester City.
Man Utd eventually lost 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium, although in truth the final score flattered them to a large degree.
The Red Devils went in at half-time 4-0 down resulting in City taking their foot off the pedal after the restart. It was the second time this season Man Utd have been four goals down before the break, and Fernandes knows they have to be stronger in the early stages of matches.
“I think the attitude and the belief from the beginning was not the best and I think it was that that caused us many problems and made us concede early goals,” Fernandes said.
“After we have to run back the result and obviously I think the second half was much better. We keep control more, we control more the game. Whenever we have the ball we are braver.
“Obviously we’re down on the result, so we had to take some risks — and obviously when you take that risk you score straight away, you try to go a little bit more (attacking) and you concede more goals. Against teams like City, you can’t give that much space to them."
Man Utd will look to bounce back quickly when they face Omonia in the Europa League this week before travelling to Everton on Sunday.
“We are really disappointed but now it’s time to focus on the next game and understand that we have to get back in the performances that we did before - in the belief and everything, in the togetherness principle - and understand that this cannot get us down,” Fernandes added.
“It has to make us improve for the future.”