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Raphinha formerly played with Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes at Sporting Lisbon.


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Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United has stated that he would like to play with Raphinha again. The two were teammates at Sporting Lisbon before the Brazilian international moved from Leeds to Barcelona in the summer. And the Red Devils’ talisman has spoken out about leadership and what drives him to succeed in his career.

The Athletic asked Fernandes to name one player he’s played alongside who he’d always like to have on his team.

And he then verified it was Raphinha, expressing his desire to rejoin the Samba star at United, saying: “So many. Rafinha, who is currently in Barcelona, is one.

“There was a lot of chemistry between me and him. I didn’t play with him for a long time at Sporting, but I had the impression he was a teammate who would do anything for me.”

Rafinha was frequently linked with a move to Manchester United before joining Barcelona. Some even claimed Fernandes recommended him to the Red Devils hierarchy during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure as manager.

However, a transaction never materialized, with United’s bitter rivalry with Leeds perhaps playing a role.

The midfielder joined United from Sporting in January 2020 for a fee of £47 million, and he will be three years old next month.

He’s since established himself as a leader at Old Trafford under managers like Solskjaer, Ralf Rangnick, and Erik ten Hag, even though his numbers aren’t as impressive as they were when he first came.

And, when asked about why he’s suitable for such a post, Fernandes said: “You have to be yourself and you have to lead by example.

“You have to be at your best in every training session and every game. Some players are louder than others, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t leaders.

“There are numerous ways to lead, even if some players don’t want to display it as much because they don’t think it’s essential or comfortable.

“I don’t attempt to be a leader; I just am. Set a good example. Do all the coach instructs you to do, and do everything in every training session.

“I strive to instill confidence in young athletes of all ages,” he says. I also want them to feel like they are a part of the Manchester United family.

“It’s not just about the first team,” says the coach. And I recall being a young player who needed help from senior guys.”

“I’ve had players at every club,” Fernandes said when asked who helped him early in his career.

“When I first arrived in Novara, Italy, Pablo Gonzalez was a huge help. He was an experienced Argentine striker who encouraged me when I broke into the first squad and helped me adjust to life as a professional footballer.

“I enjoyed it as a youngster living in another country.”

Since joining United, Fernandes has yet to win a trophy.

But the midfielder has stated that he would always remain motivated. When pressed on his ‘ultimate motivation’, he said: “Motivation is my desire.

“I have many ambitions to come true in football and a lot of time to realize them. “I’m very pleased with what I’m doing.”

“It’s something that comes naturally to me,” he stated when asked about his ability to sing. It’s not something I attempt to accomplish in practice.

“Even in everyday life, I attempt to assist others. My mother and father taught me that if you can help the next person, you should.

“If that means speaking,” I say.

Fernandes is likely to play against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on December 27. (8pm).

The midfielder will face former teammate, Jesse Lingard, while Dean Henderson will miss the match due to his loan at the City Ground.


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