Bruno Fernandes has been in breathtaking form for the better part of a year since he joined Manchester United and the midfielder has been absolutely relentless from the first kick just over 11 months ago.
The 26-year-old has 32 direct goal involvements in 29 league appearances for The Reds and his strike against Leicester on Boxing Day was his 18th goal of the calendar year, a new Premier League record for a midfielder.
But United’s talismanic figure insists that he can still improve and take it to yet another level.
“As I said before, it’s easy when you play in a team like Manchester United because you have so many good players around you. They help you to be better and I’m here to help them be better,” Bruno told the official Manchester United app.
“I think, of course, the numbers are really good but as I said before, now I need to start improving because it will be more difficult now day by day, game by game because players will know you better.
“Of course I’m happy to have these numbers and it’s not easy to have it but I want to do better, better more and more.
“I want to finish the Premier League this season with more goals & assists than games, then it will be good.”
Fernandes also commented on the good spirit in the dressing room and their witty jokes on social media, insisting that it’s all just fun and games whilst earmarking Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s thumping goal against Newcastle.
“I think it’s important that the spirit in the group is good. I like to joke with the players. As I said before, we are like a family. We pass a lot of time here, we go to hotels, the games, we spend a lot of time together.
“We have to have a good connection to have a good connection on the pitch.
“I think it wasn’t just me who didn’t know he (Wan-Bissaka) can shoot like that,” Fernandes said jokingly. “Since he arrived I think it was his first goal for United and in the Premier League so of course everyone was surprised. Even in training he doesn’t shoot!”
“With Anthony (Martial) and Marcus (Rashford) I joke with them and tell them “When I give you the ball you never score, you never give me an assist.” When Anthony missed that chance (vs Leeds) I straight away looked at him and smiled. He knows what I mean by that.
“Sometimes you will have to shout at your teammates but it’s also part of the game.”