It’s fair to say that Erik ten Hag has had a rather tough start to the season, on and off the pitch but it seems some within the media are unconvinced about the players he selects.
Man United suffered a 3-1 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium yesterday but the performance put in was seemingly one that was deserving of a more favourable result.
An Alejandro Garnacho goal in the 88th minute looked to have won the game for United but the goal was chalked off due to the Argentine being a milimetre offside.
However, despite the fine margins in the game, it seems Andy Gray, a former commentator on Sky Sports, is unhappy with how United played and particularly Bruno Fernandes.
Speaking after the game yesterday, Gray was seemingly not a fan of how the front six played and is not convinced with Bruno Fernandes as a captain.
“Right now, this team doesn’t frighten me,” Gray said on beIN Sport. “Marcus Rashford blows hot and cold, you don’t know what you’re getting from him. Martial is a waste of time.
“Fernandes? as a skipper no!”
Is Gray right
The criticism of Fernandes, despite the rest of the team playing at about the same level is wrong from Gray.
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Fernandes, as captain, produced a superb performance at home against Nottingham Forest and rescued the game for United.
Performances like that get forgotten about. The midfielder was involved in Garnacho’s goal that was ruled out for offside, so the criticism of Fernandes as a captain is ludicrous.
As for the criticism of Marcus Rashford, who scored 30 goals for United last season, it was also harsh.
The winger scored a stunning goal in the first half and may have had another if it wasn’t for a Ben White block.
The knives are seemingly already being sharpened for Ten Hag and his United players.