Bernardo Silva challenges Bruno Fernandes in friendly rivalry

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva is engaged in a friendly rivalry with his pal Bruno Fernandes, who is now playing at arch-rivals Manchester United.

New arrival Fernandes has enjoyed a good start to life at Old Trafford, even helping United come out on top 2-0 in his first Manchester derby in the Premier League.

However, his fellow countryman Silva has challenged Fernandes, telling the 5 Para a Meia-Noite show on Portuguese TV that ‘he still has to eat a lot of soup to reach the titles’.

Bernardo Silva says Bruno Fernandes 'has to eat a lot of soup' to reach Manchester City's titles

Bernardo Silva says Bruno Fernandes 'has to eat a lot of soup' to reach Manchester City's titles

Bernardo Silva says Bruno Fernandes ‘has to eat a lot of soup’ to reach Manchester City’s titles

Fernandes has impressed at United, and they won the recent derby, but are adrift in the league

Fernandes has impressed at United, and they won the recent derby, but are adrift in the league

Fernandes has impressed at United, and they won the recent derby, but are adrift in the league

Manchester United have played City four times this season in all competitions, winning three of them – including a Premier League double. 

However, Manchester City have won the Premier League three times since United last did it in 2012-13, so Silva made sure to let Fernandes know that he still has the ultimate bragging rights. 

‘I went to Tróia with some friends and it was a lot of fun. We ran, played tennis … Now I’ve been here in Manchester for 10 days and I’m sick of it,’ joked Silva. 

‘I spoke to [Fernandes] about three days ago. He’s winning 1-0 in the games between us here, but he still has to eat a lot of soup to reach the titles.’ 

Silva has been an important part of the Manchester City side for the past few seasons

Silva has been an important part of the Manchester City side for the past few seasons

Silva has been an important part of the Manchester City side for the past few seasons

It doesn’t look like either team will be winning the league this season though, with Liverpool 25 points clear at the top prior to the coronavirus lockdown.

Manchester City are second on 57 points, while Manchester United are fifth with 45. 

In nine appearances for United, Fernandes has scored three goals and made four assists. 

Meanwhile, Silva has played 40 times for City this season in all competitions, scoring seven and providing eight assists.  

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