BRUNO FERNANDES says Manchester United are driven by their desire to stop Liverpool equalling their record of 20 titles.
Manchester United have one more crown than their arch rivals as they go into Sunday’s crunch Premier League clash at Anfield.
Bruno Fernandes says Man Utd are finding extra motivation in stopping Liverpool match their titles record
Liverpool won their first-ever Premier League last season, their 19th title overallCredit: PA:Press Association
United’s midfielder Fernandes said: “You don’t want your rivals at the same level as you, or with the same amount of trophies as you.
“So it’s clear for everyone here at the club and in the dressing room, everyone knows what it means for the supporters.
“It would be a lot more fun with 21 titles and Liverpool still on 19, of course.”
Fernandes has been named Premier League player of the month for the fourth time in a calendar year, the first time that has happened.
It shows just what sort of impact he has had on the club.
The Portuguese midfielder has helped United to a three-point lead on Liverpool at the top of the table ahead of the two clubs meeting at Anfield tomorrow.
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Sir Alex Ferguson led United to their 20th title in 2013… but they haven’t won one sinceCredit: Getty Images – Getty
He has 27 goals since joining United from Sporting Lisbon at the end of last January but 15 of them have been penalties and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has questioned why United get so many.
Fernandes could not care less about Klopp’s whining.
He said: “I don’t care, honestly. You always see what people say but I really don’t care.
“I’m not focused on what they are saying. I played in Portugal and when you play for Sporting, Benfica and Porto are always talking about that kind of stuff – sometimes to put pressure on the referee, sometimes just to make some noise in the press.
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Bruno will be United’s key man in their top of the table clash with Liverpool on Sunday
“But, for me, the main point is when we have a penalty, if I go to take the ball to the penalty spot, I have to do my job.
“It is what it is. People can talk and say what they want.
“But, for me and the team, the main point is continuing to do the right things and when we get a penalty, just scoring.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will make a late decision on Anthony Martial for the game after he suffered a hamstring strain in the closing moments of the midweek win at Burnley.