Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has denied claims he had burst-up with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during Tottenham defeat and reveals what the Norwegian boss told him at half-time.
The Red Devils were mauled at Old Trafford last two weekends, leaving Solskjaer and his players in a pickle.
Man United succumbed to a 6-1 loss to Jose Mourinho’s Spurs before the international break and following the defeat, many reports have claimed the players have lost faith in Solskjaer.
Last week, reports emerged that Bruno Fernandes was furious with his teammates and went as far as to question Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics he used against Spurs, which was reported to be the reason the Norwegian tactician hauled him off at the break.
The Portuguese midfielder reportedly made his anger known to his teammates at half-time whilst Man United were 4-1 down to Spurs.
However, Fernandes, who helped Portugal beat Sweden 3-0 on Wednesday night in the UEFA Nations League, has denied those claims and suggested that those reports were made up only to destabilise Solskjaer’s team.
‘I’m only thankful for the manager because he was the one who wanted me and believed in me. The tactics he uses are perfect for me,’ Bruno Fernandes told Sport TV.
‘I believe it is a way to destabilise the group. What was said is in no way true.
‘It’s true the manager decided to take me off against Tottenham but he told me it was because the game was over and we have a lot more to go for.
‘Of course I wasn’t happy about being substituted but I understood it.
‘I didn’t speak out or say anything that could harm the the team.
‘After the match the manager sent me a message wishing me good luck with my games with Portugal.
‘In the dressing room at the end of the game he asked me and a few other players if we thought we needed to say something to the team, offer words of support, but nobody wanted to speak because it wasn’t the best time.
‘If anyone wants to create disharmony at Manchester United don’t use my name or my teammates or manager.
‘The mood is good and obviously we’re sad when we lose but now we have to respond in the next game.’
Manchester United will return to action on Saturday when they take on Newcastle United away from home in the Premier League.
The Red Devils will then embark on another trip three days later to face PSG at Parc des Princes in the Champions League.