Ten Hag told players to emulate Bruno Fernandes

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Erik ten Hag has told Manchester United players to follow Bruno Fernandes’ example if the club is to build a winning culture.

Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag has told the players to emulate Bruno Fernandes character.

The Portuguese midfielder recovered from wearing a protective boot on an injured ankle during the week in time to captain the Red Devils in last night’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

He was influential in the game, providing the assist for Marcus Rashford to score United’s second goal, although they then wasted a 2-0 lead to share the points in north London.

After watching his team let their lead slip, United’s manager praised his skipper’s readiness to suffer for the cause and called on the players to make Fernandes their inspiration if they are to find the consistency to compete on all fronts.

“I think as Man United and as a top team then you have to compete and go for the win in every competition you are in, so that’s what we are doing,” said Ten Hag.

“That is the culture we want to construct, so that is what we are doing. It has to be in the mindset of every player and every employee who is working for Manchester United.”

Of Fernandes’s recovery he said: “It was tough, a big compliment on Bruno. He absolutely doesn’t want to miss this game and he did everything to get fit.

“I think he is the example, and that you have to suffer and you have to sacrifice when you want to play on the top level, you want to achieve something.

“So once again he showed there how great a captain he is, how he has taken responsibility, even when he is not 100 per cent fit.

“But he did the job, he was important in this game as well. Hopefully the team can, not learn, but see him as an inspiration and do the same.”

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