Bruno Fernandes has explained the unusual pre-match superstition he carries out before taking to the turf for Manchester United.
Pre-match superstitions are commonplace among football fans, whether it’s wearing a ‘lucky’ shirt, buying from the same programme stall or putting on one sock before the other, we’ve all been there — but some players also dabble in the mythic wonder of irrational matchday routine.
We’ve heard of some players needing to get a new haircut before every game, playing a certain song in the dressing room beforehand and even refusing to shoot during the pre-match warm-up, so as not to ‘waste’ goals in the training drill.
Fernandes is one such player who sings from this same superstitious song sheet, and he has now revealed his rather peculiar pre-match routine. For most footballers, a superstition takes place either in the dressing room, or earlier in the day, but for Fernandes, it occurs the moment he steps foot onto the pitch (literally).
The Manchester United star has several more sensible pre-match dos and don’ts, but there is one rather bizarre one that really catches the eye. “I always do the same,” Fernandes told the club’s official website.
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“I like to do breakfast or lunch – depends on the time of the game. Something I always do is speak with my kids and my wife before we leave the hotel because after when I go on the bus I don’t text anyone, I don’t answer phones, so I like to be focused on the game after that and when you get to Old Trafford for me it is game on from there.
“That is one of the superstitions and the other one is I always enter on the pitch with the left foot [first] that is something that I always do, something that I believe can help me in some way. Not to get a better performance but to be myself.”