Manchester United’s Champions League aspirations are teetering on the edge after a dramatic 4-3 defeat to Copenhagen in Denmark on Wednesday. Captain Bruno Fernandes, who had scored to initially put United ahead, acknowledged the prevailing disappointment and challenging atmosphere in the dressing room.
Despite holding 2-0 and 3-2 leads, Marcus Rashford’s red card opened the door for Copenhagen, who capitalized with two late goals for the win. This loss places United at the bottom of their Champions League group, setting the stage for crucial upcoming matches against Galatasaray and Bayern Munich.
Reflecting on the match, Fernandes expressed the team’s frustration, stating, “It is difficult at the moment, obviously, and the mood is not the best because I think we fought so hard with ten men.” He highlighted the challenges of facing a quality ball-playing team with a numerical disadvantage and the impact of contentious decisions against them.
Despite the setback, Fernandes remains optimistic about United’s chances to progress, emphasizing the belief in winning the last three group stage games. “We have to win them. If we want to stay in the Champions League and stay in the best competition, we have to win against the best,” he added.
Looking ahead, Fernandes stressed the importance of focusing on the upcoming league match against Luton, acknowledging the need to secure three points and regain momentum after the Champions League defeat.
As United braces for crucial Champions League fixtures, they aim to build momentum with consecutive Premier League victories, starting with a match against newly-promoted Luton at Old Trafford, followed by a showdown with Everton after the international break.