We wrote earlier this morning how the rumours claiming Bruno Fernandes was unhappy with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked like a media attempt to cause disruption at Manchester United.
Now Fernandes himself has hit out at the claims.
Speaking after Portugal’s 3-0 international win against Sweden, Fernandes spoke strongly.
Fernandes was quoted by Goal.com: “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.
“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.”
This is exactly what we wanted Fernandes to say. Silence would have continued to fuel speculation.
Instead Fernandes has come out like a leader and spoken passionately about United’s situation.
His half-time substitution against Tottenham made some sense tactically with United down to 10 men.
Fernandes is determined to turn United’s fortunes around and this fighting spirit will come in useful ahead of a crucial run of games.
United are up against it after a poor start to the season, and if this fosters an increased sense of togetherness, then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could turn this in his favour.
Sir Alex Ferguson often adopted a siege mentality of ‘us against the world’, and it seems to be that way for Solskjaer, with everybody waiting for him to fail. Now he needs to use it.
Manchester United fixtures after the international break
- Newcastle United (A)
October 17 – 3pm
- PSG (A)
October 20 – 8pm
- Chelsea (H)
October 24 – 5.30pm
- RB Leipzig (H)
October 28 – 8pm
- Arsenal (H)
November 1 – 6.30pm
- Istanbul Basaksehir (A)
November 4- 5.55pm
- Everton (A)
November 7 – 3pm
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