Casemiro knows the real reason why Bruno Fernandes is always available for Man United

Casemiro has taken on a leadership role since joining Manchester United. Credit: PA

Casemiro knows the real reason why Bruno Fernandes is always available for Manchester United, hilariously revealed by the Portuguese star.

After joining Man United from Sporting CP in January 2020, Fernandes has played an incredible 184 games for the club.

He played 58 games in all competitions in his first full season at Man United then made 46 appearances in all competitions the following campaign.

This season, he’s set to hit 59 games in all competitions when he leads his team out against Manchester City in the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium.

What’s the secret behind his fitness and ability to always be available for selection? Well, according to Casemiro, it’s because Fernandes weighs ‘nothing’.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s showdown, Fernandes revealed what the Brazilian jokingly tells him: “Sometimes even Casemiro jokes with me and says, ‘You run for every game and you can play every game because your weight is nothing’.”

The 28-year-old, who has scored 13 goals in all competitions this term, is set to captain his team with Harry Maguire likely to be on the bench.

Erik ten Hag has bestowed Fernandes with the responsibility of wearing the captain’s armband and the player feels he owes his manager for standing by him after the crushing 7-0 defeat at Liverpool.

Bruno Fernandes in action for Manchester United. Image: Alamy

“I’m aware that he’s really happy with the way I train, the way I play, the way I show my emotions and the way I show my passion for the game,” he said.

“He knows I care. That’s why probably sometimes it makes you do some things that you should not do.”

Fernandes added: “But I will never do anything to make the team look bad, make my team-mates look bad, or something that is not good for the team. He knows that, so that’s why it protects me.

“I think that’s good because he shows you the respect, he shows you the protection, but always with the demands behind that because obviously when you protect someone you want them to give you some back, so he can have his reasons to protect you.”