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Fernandes makes strong claim about the Europa League

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Bruno Fernandes is looking to secure the Europa League this season, but wants that to be the start of something bigger.

Bruno Fernandes has warned Manchester United that winning the Europa League is “still not enough” for a club of their stature, with any trophy collected this season needing to be the first of many.

An ambitious Portuguese playmaker has never shied away from the fact that he wants to return the Red Devils to the loftiest of perches in domestic and continental competition.

That means chasing down Premier League and Champions League crowns, with a talismanic presence at Old Trafford eager to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side build on the positive progress that has been made in 2020-21.

Fernandes said to Sky Sports ahead of United’s return leg with Roma: “For us, it is a signal of improvement if we win the Europa League, because last season we didn’t win anything. So, if we win a trophy this season it is an improvement – but still not enough for us.

“But it is something growing up from the club. From the players, it is a sign that we are doing a little bit better, but we have still a lot to improve on as I said before, and we will improve.

“For me, the game against Roma was not my best, but on numbers, everyone will say it is the best one I have done because two goals and two assists I think was the first time I did that for the club.

“I think also individually I played really well but I want to improve. I want to improve so I have to do maybe next time two assists and two goals, or three goals and two assists to improve again, but the most important for me is the way we win and we are closer to getting the trophy.”