Bruno Fernandes replies at claims he was knocking Cristiano Ronaldo with post-match comments
‘Don’t use my name to bash Cristiano!’: Bruno Fernandes responds to suggestions that he was slamming Ronaldo by stating Manchester United were now ‘playing like a team’ after their derby victory over Manchester City.
Bruno Fernandes went on a social media rampage when his comments on Manchester United’s success this season were misconstrued as an attack on former colleague Cristiano Ronaldo.
‘[We] used to be individuals, now we are a team,’ Fernandes told BT Sport after the Red Devils’ 2-1 derby win. You can see a good team that helps each other.’
Many saw this as a swipe at Ronaldo, who left United in contentious circumstances last year, but the midfielder has emphatically denied this.
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‘I know that is difficult to see Manchester United doing well, [but I] don’t have anything to [say] about us on the news apart good things,’ he said in a story posted on Saturday. Fernandes continued: ‘Don’t use my name to attack Cristiano. Cristiano was part of our team for half the season and as I said in many interviews, everyone since Liverpool is being amazing and acting like a proper team and you can see the results. We carry on!’
After a disastrous start, United overcame Liverpool in the third game of the season and have since lost only twice in 15 games on their way to third place in the table and hints of a title push.
Saturday’s triumph over Manchester City was one of their best so far, with Fernandes scoring the equalizer in contentious circumstances, with many believing Marcus Rashford interfered with play from an offside position in the build-up.
The England forward irritated City fans even more when he scored four minutes later, bringing his season tally to 16.
After the result, United are only one point behind their local rivals and six points behind Arsenal ahead of tomorrow’s North London derby.
Fernandes and company will thereafter be in action when they travel to 12th placed Crystal Palace on Wednesday.