‘Am I stirring things?’: Alan Shearer claims Bruno Fernandes looks ‘HAPPIER’ in the Manchester United team with Cristiano Ronaldo not playing as the midfielder puts on a show in the Red Devils’ 2-0 win over Tottenham
- Alan Shearer has said Bruno Fernandes looks happier without Cristiano Ronaldo
- Fernandes put in an impressive performance as United beat Tottenham 2-0
- Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel before full time as an unused substitute
- Shearer asked if he was stirring things as he praised the midfielder’s showing
Alan Shearer has insisted Bruno Fernandes looks ‘happier’ on the pitch when Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t playing.
The midfielder scored a fine second goal as Manchester United beat Tottenham 2-0 in the Premier League, before Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel before the end of the match as an unused substitute.
Shearer, speaking on commentary for Amazon Prime Video, said Fernandes ‘done so much’ for United in the game, praising the Portugal international’s performance with Ronaldo absent.
Alan Shearer has claimed Bruno Fernandes ‘looks happier’ with Cristiano Ronaldo benched
Ronaldo has struggled for minutes at United all season after trying to leave the club
Shearer praised Fernandes for his performance in United’s 2-0 win over Tottenham yesterday
‘Would I be stirring if I said Bruno looks happier in this team without Ronaldo?’, Shearer said.
‘I just look at his performance tonight and his energy and look at his leadership and the qualities he has offered both defensively and offensively and he has done so much for them in this performance tonight. He deserved that goal.’
Bruno’s form has declined dramatically since Ronaldo joined the club last summer, with his Portugal colleague proving to be the centrepiece at United on more than one occasion.
Fernandes picked up Shearer’s ‘Player of the Match’ award after scoring a fine second goal
But Shearer gave the 28-year-old his ‘Player of the Match’ award for the game, before Fernandes insisted he is prepared to be less involved if the team performs better.
‘I don’t like being the main (player) because some players need that status,’ said Fernandes.
‘I have to work hard, it is my way to play since I was a kid. I will not say I am “Man of the Match”!
‘I understand my position, when some players are on the pitch I understand that and don’t have problems sacrificing myself to get the best out of my teammates.’
Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel after being an unused substitute in the match
Erik ten Hag said he will ‘deal with the issue’ tomorrow after Ronaldo left before the whistle
Ronaldo has struggled for minutes this season under Erik Ten Hag, and left his position on the substitutes bench early to much controversy.
Ten Hag has insisted he will deal with the forward, and made his desire to focus on the team’s performance after the game clear.
He said: ‘I have seen him, but I didn’t speak to him. I will deal with that tomorrow, not today. We are celebrating this victory.
‘I don’t pay attention today. I will deal with it tomorrow. I want to keep the focus on the team and a magnificent performance from all 11 players and the subs who came on. It was a squad performance.’
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