Bruno Fernandes has explained what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told him as the Manchester United star was substituted against Tottenham.
United were thrashed 6-1 in their last Premier League game despite Fernandes putting them ahead against Spurs.
The Portuguese star, who has impressed while away on international duty, was then brought off at half-time with the Red Devils already 4-1 down.
Anthony Martial had been sent off with Solskjaer’s side looking a shambles at the back as the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min ripped through them at Old Trafford.
And Fernandes has revealed Solskjaer told him the game was lost and that rest was more important.
“I was replaced at half-time, it is true, by technical option,” Fernandes told Sport TV after Portugal's comfortable 3-0 win over Sweden in the Nations League on Wednesday.
“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.
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“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 [against Newcastle United].”
There had been suggestions that Fernandes had been annoyed at Solskjaer for his decision and tactics during the match.
It had been claimed that the midfielder was subbed after a heated half-time exchange with Solskjaer, though Fernandes has rubbished those rumours.
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He added: “There's been a lot of speculation about that.
“First it was a discussion with team-mates, as it did not stick, it was a discussion with only one team-mate [Victor Lindelof], as it did not stick now, it is the discussion with Solskjaer.
“I believe it is a way to destabilise the group. What was said is in no way true.”
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