Bruno Fernandes claims the frustration he saw in the dressing room after the 2-2 draw with Leicester at King Power Stadium in December was a defining moment in pursuing the Premier League title. The Red Devils are now four points ahead as they take a break from the league this weekend to host Liverpool in the FA Cup.

United are currently unbeaten in 13 Premier League games and have plunged into a real title fight in the past two months, removing disappointment over RB Leipzig’s early exit from the Champions League.

In Liverpool’s recent slump, United have risen to the top and Manchester City is on their heels.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team was almost flawless at Christmas time, with the exception of the 2-2 draw in Leicester.

They were minutes from all three points in the Midlands before Jamie Vardy’s deflected striker found his way.

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“When I got there I could see the team growing up. Game after game we started to do better and better.

“Now, almost a year after I arrived, we are still having problems. As you can see, we conceded a lot of goals at the start of the game.”

United has since used the result and that feeling as motivation to drive them to the table.

The attacking midfielder has also seized the chance to defend Liverpool in its most recent form, claiming that he has not achieved the results his performances deserve.

“I think the teams have moments. I don’t think Liverpool are playing badly. I think they don’t win and that’s the point,” said Fernandes.

He also defended Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino on form after Liverpool failed to score in their fourth straight Premier League game in Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Burnley.

“When teams don’t win, everyone talks about it. When players don’t score, everyone talks about it,” said Fernandes.

“I feel that about myself because I know the standard is high, because I’ve arrived and scored a lot of goals and made a lot of assists and everyone wants goals and assists from me.”

“It’s the same – everyone expects goals from (Mohamed) Salah, (Roberto) Firmino and (Sadio) Mane. They haven’t scored in the last few games and it feels like ‘Oh, they’re not playing well’. “”