Bruno Fernandes reveals "important" pre-match routine for Man Utd ahead of FA Cup final
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Bruno Fernandes has revealed his pre-match routine ahead of Manchester United's FA Cup final against bitter rivals Manchester City.
United travel to Wembley on Saturday afternoon in their pursuit of a domestic double, having already won the Carabao Cup in February.
Meanwhile, City are chasing a historic treble, after lifting their third successive Premier League title, with a Champions League final against Inter Milan on the horizon.
The 28-year-old has registered 13 goals and 15 assists across all competitions this term.
But with an incredible 59 games under his belt already, what is the secret to staying fit between matches?
Fernandes reveals pre-match routine
Unlike many of his teammates, Fernandes has an undeniable ability to remain injury-free, consistently making himself available to Ten Hag.
The midfielder has now revealed that naps are a big part of his pre-match routine, which his wife, Ana, is very accommodating of.
Speaking on his recovery in between games, Fernandes told ESPN: "I like to get my nap time and my wife respects that and takes care of the kids for that hour and a half, an hour, so I can have that more rest.
"Because I think that's important for me to keep me fit, in the best shape possible. I think it's all those bits together, and obviously the way my mum and dad made me. They made sure that I was always fit and fit enough to play football."
The Portugal international added that teammate Casemiro reckons the reason he always stays fit is because he weighs "nothing"
Red Devils supporters will have their fingers crossed that Fernandes' pre-match nap pays dividends against Manchester City, with Wembley braced for the first ever Manchester derby FA Cup final.