Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes appears undaunted by the prospect of facing arch-rivals Leeds United at Elland Road this Sunday.
It will be the second time the fierce rivals face each other this week after the two sides played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Old Trafford yesterday.
The Whites took the lead within a minute courtesy of a low drive by Wilfried Gnonto from outside the box, sending the traveling Leeds fans into raptures.
Their joy only increased when Manchester United defender Raphael Varane turned a Crysencio Summerville cutback into his own net just after half time – doubling their lead.
Goals from Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho meant the game finished level – yet Leeds supporters will no doubt be lifted by such a spirited performance from their side.
Despite having to overcome a two goal deficit in yesterday’s contest, Man United’s Fernandes remains confident about his team’s chances when they travel to Yorkshire on Sunday.
“I’m not really worried, obviously,” he said in an interview with PA News Agency (as per Planet Sport).
“With this team, the character that we have in this team, the passion, the desire, the togetherness we have, we’re not afraid to go anywhere to play against whatever opponent.
“I know that I will be in good hands with all of them.
“I know that this team will give, will fight back, will give all the best and will not be afraid to play whatever (we face) – the pitch, the stadium or the team.”
Fighting talk from Fernandes
It is still unknown who will be in the dugout for Leeds in Sunday’s return fixture as the search for a replacement for Jesse Marsch – dismissed by the club on Monday – continues.
One thing is for certain, though. The Elland Road faithful will be focussed on proving Fernandes wrong when it comes to his assessment of the stadium’s atmosphere.
The question, though, is whether Leeds’ players will be able to build on yesterday’s impressive display and give Fernandes something to fear on the pitch as well as off it.