Fernandes: Man Utd know we can earn a Champions League place

The Red Devils star declared that the club believes it can reach a top-four spot this season after another victory

Bruno Fernandes says that Manchester United have their sights set on the Champions League after closing the gap on fourth-place Chelsea with a win on Tuesday.

The Red Devils eased past Brighton on Tuesday night, cruising to a 3-0 victory at Falmer Stadium.

Mason Greenwood opened the scoring with a lovely finish in the 16th minute before Fernandes doubled the lead in the 29th minute.

The two then linked up for United’s third, with Greenwood’s cross being volleyed home spectacularly by Fernandes to finish off the scoring.

Fernandes’ brace now gives him six goals in a Red Devils shirt, having played only 13 matches for the club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have thrived since Fernandes made the move from Sporting, as Man Utd now sits within two points of fourth-place Chelsea.

Although the Blues have a game in hand, Fernandes believes Man Utd can surpass Chelsea for that fourth and final Champions League spot over the final few weeks of the Premier League season.

“The most important thing is the three points but we played well and the result was good,” Fernandes told Sky Sports. “We didn’t concede again which is important. David de Gea made two or three amazing saves, we are very happy.

“We knew that we needed to push forwards and to try and score from minute one. I was lucky with the first goal and the second goal was amazing, an amazing pass from Mason.

“We are fighting for a place in the Champions League and we know we can achieve this. I don’t want to talk too much about me and Paul Pogba, we are happy to play together but I am happy to play with everyone. We can combine together, we have qualities, but we know that we have team-mates who can do well.”

Manchester United will face off with Bournemouth on Saturday with just six games remaining in the Premier League season after that match.

In those six games, they’ll face Aston Villa, Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Ham before ending the season with two vital matches against Chelsea and third-place Leicester.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are set to face West Ham on Wednesday. 

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