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Bruno Fernandes sets Man Utd a high benchmark

Bruno Fernandes admits winning the Europa League would be “a psychological improvement” for Manchester United but insists it cannot satisfy the club’s appetite.

The Red Devils are on the cusp of securing a place in the Europa League final following a 6-2 thrashing of Roma in the first leg of their semi-final tie.

Heading to the Stadio Olimpico with a massive four-goal lead, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are confident of reaching the competition’s final for the first time since lifting the trophy in 2016/17.

United have also elevated their domestic performances since the calendar flipped to 2021 and are on the verge of claiming a second-place finish in the Premier League.

Although the prospect of playing in the Europa League final would provide the Portuguese playmaker with an opportunity to lift his first major title in a red shirt, Fernandes wants to set the benchmark higher.

Old Trafford is still waiting for the first league title in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, and the 26-year-old believes that is what United should be targeting.

Additionally, the Red Devils last tasted Champions League glory in 2007/08 and have yet to reach the competition semi-finals since Ferguson’s departure.

Fernandes, who has been a massive influence since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020, is poised to re-establish United as a supreme football force in England and Europe.

“For us, it is a psychological improvement if we win the Europa League,” said Fernandes, as quoted by the Evening Standard.

“Because last season we did not win anything, so if we win a trophy, it is an improvement.

“It is still not enough for us, but it is something from the club, from the players to say that we are doing better. But there is still a lot to improve, as I said before.

“Honestly, for me, when you play for a club like this, your standards have to be high.

“The most important thing for us is the way we win and we are closer to getting a trophy.”

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