Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes insisted “people will always complain about everything” after scoring in the derby win away to Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Fernandes was on target in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over City, converting a penalty after just 101 seconds at the Etihad Stadium as United snapped the hosts’ 21-match winning streak.
The Portugal international was in the spotlight prior to United’s success against City – his record against ‘top six’ clubs criticised following his performance against Chelsea in the goalless draw last time out.
Tottenham were the only club among the established ‘top six’ that Fernandes had found the back of the net against this season – a penalty in Octobers 6-1 humiliation at home to Spurs – before opening the scoring versus City.
“Every penalty has the same pressure for me,” Fernandes, who has 16 goals and 10 assists through 28 games this Premier League season, told MUTV when asked if he felt the weight of expectation. “It’s always pressure to take a pen, doesn’t matter if it’s against City, or another team. It’s always pressure to take the pens.
“I like that kind of pressure. It’s good pressure. I knew what I had to do. I did it in the right way with the right power and I’m happy to score, of course.
“Honestly for us it’s about winning. People will always complain about everything. Today it will still be Bruno never scores in big games.
“They will put open play no goals, it was a penalty [and say] it doesn’t count! So for us the most important thing is winning the game.
“It doesn’t matter how you score, when the ball touches the net it’s a goal. I will be happy and it doesn’t matter if it’s me or another one scoring.”
Luke Shaw was also on target five minutes into the second half as United extended their unbeaten streak away from home in the league to 22 games.
United have won three consecutive away games in all competitions against City for the first time since a run of four between November 1993 and November 2000.
But United remain 11 points adrift of City atop the table with 10 matches remaining.
“I think it was almost perfect,” added Fernandes of the performance. “We created a lot of chances where maybe we could finish better, or play a better last pass or last shot.
“When we create chances it’s always good because if you create it’s a sign you’re playing well and trying to do something different.
“I think we played a little bit better in the second half because in the first half they pressed as well. We had more counters but in the second half we are clearer and we take more control of the game at times.
“They have more of the ball than us, they pass more times with the ball. Anyway, [in terms of] opportunities I think we had the best ones and for me the most important in the game is the result. The result for us is on our side, so it’s perfect.”
United captain Harry Maguire said post-game: “We have brilliant coaches and a brilliant manager and brilliant analysts as well.
“Credit to them because they are the ones who sent us out in that formation and those tweaks when they have the ball. We knew they were going to keep the ball at times and the positions that they find themselves in, they have a lot of possession.
“We’ve seen that in recent games, so we had to be patient at times, but we had to make sure we kept getting up to the ball, kept getting contact, keep making tackles. I felt that we did that really well.
“For sure we can improve, we can do better in parts of the game. But it’s an important win, an important performance after a disappointing trip to London in midweek. Now we have to dust ourselves down and go again. We’ve got another big game on Thursday [against Milan in the Europa League last-16 first leg].”