Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has hit back at the media, amid claims that he has become disillusioned with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United, of course, have endured a concerning start to the new campaign.
The Red Devils have picked up just 3 points from their opening 3 Premier League outings.
The club’s season opener saw Solskjaer’s men downed by 3 goals to 1 at home to Crystal Palace.
And, though they bounced back (albeit unconvincingly) en route to victory at Brighton a week later, it was the Manchester giants’ most recent outing which has since resulted in widespread claims that all is not well at Old Trafford.
In their final fixture prior to the international break, United welcomed former boss Jose Mourinho’s Spurs to Manchester.
And the visitors went on to take full advantage of their off-colour hosts, eventually emerging with a commanding 6-1 victory.
Inevitably, on the back of such a humiliating defeat, the finger of blame has since been pointed at a whole host of key figures at United.
Under-performing stars the likes of Harry Maguire and Paul Pogba have been targeted, with Ed Woodward’s failure to sufficiently reinforce the Reds’ squad during the summer also consistently highlighted.
The man to have shouldered the most blame of late, however, has been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Norwegian tactician’s ability to guide his side back to the summit of English football has long been called into question, with United’s disappointing start to the campaign having only seen such doubts grow.
In turn, reports emerging from the media earlier this week suggested that one of the club’s key men, in the form of Bruno Fernandes, had begun to lose faith in Solskjaer:
‘What I’m hearing, and this is coming from a source very close to the player, is that Fernandes’ opinion of Solskjaer is similar to that of other senior members of the team,’ explained journalist Duncan Castles on the Transfer Window Podcast.
‘He doesn’t feel like [Solskjaer] is strong enough to manage the squad. He feels he doesn’t have the capabilities to push the players they have forward in the direction they should go.’
‘Do not use my name…’
As outlined above, however, Fernandes himself has since moved to firmly shut down such claims.
Speaking to Sport TV, via A Bola whilst on international duty, the Portuguese midfielder was drawn on the widespread recent media chatter surrounding his name.
And Fernandes was in no mood to mince words, first responding to reports that he was involved in a dressing room bust-up with the United boss at half-time of the club’s defeat to Tottenham:
‘There’s been a lot of speculation about that.’
‘First it was a discussion with team-mates, as it did not stick, it was a discussion with only one team-mate [Victor Lindelof], as it did not stick now, it is the discussion with Solskjaer.’
‘I believe it is a way to destabilise the group. What was said is in no way true.’
‘I was replaced at half-time, it is true, by technical option. The coach told me that the game was almost over and that we would have a lot of games ahead of us. Got it. I was not satisfied but said nothing that could harm the group.’
Regarding suggestions that he is no longer fully behind Solskjaer, meanwhile, Fernandes continued:
‘Do not use my name, my colleagues or the coach to make trouble at Manchester United. The atmosphere is good and the team is ready to give an answer in the next game.’
Quotes via Goal
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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