Bruno Fernandes responds to claims of lack of faith in Man United boss Solskjaer

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Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has hit back at the media, amid claims that he has become disillusioned with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Reds struggling

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.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 04: Harry Maguire of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 04, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Oli Scarff – Pool/Getty Images)

Fernandes claims

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.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United at American Express Community Stadium on September 26, 2020 in Brighton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Glyn Kirk – Pool/Getty Images)

‘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.’

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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