Bruno Fernandes gives brutal tactic verdict and takes aim at Garnacho
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Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes was brutal in his verdict of whether he liked being shunted out to the right wing during the victory over Real Sociedad. Erik ten Hag opted to play the creative midfielder out wide to give Donny van de Beek an opportunity in the middle.
Fernandes was asked if he liked playing on the right flank and he danced around the question, saying: “I play wherever the coach needs me to play. It is not my position but I tried my best to help the team and to be involved in the way that will help the team.”
Fernandes was brutally honest throughout the entire interview as he also took aim at match-winner Alejandro Garnacho.
“He [Garnacho] was good, but he knows we expect a lot from him,” Fernandes said. “In the [pre-season] tour, he didn’t have the best attitude, that’s why he didn’t get chances. Now he’s getting his chances because he’s training better, different attitude and he deserves it.”
United needed to beat Sociedad by two goals to secure top spot in their Europa League group staged. Because they failed to do so, the Red Devils will have to play a play-off match against a Champions League club.
Fernandes added: “Our goal today was winning the game by a two-goal difference, we knew that. I think we did a great game, we tried everything and took a little bit more risks in the second half to win the game. They are a tough opponent but being top was of the group was our main aim, but we have another win.
“We knew we would have to take more risks in the second half to get that goal. We did that, we knew that they could have more chances because we had less people defending. It is another clean sheet which is important to us and as I said before, it is another win that keeps us on this run and that is important for the confidence of the squad.”
Meanwhile, BT Sport pundit Paul Scholes weighed in on Fernandes’ comments about Garnacho.
He said: “I think the second touch in particular is the most impressive. He has been United’s most dangerous player. It’s a good header from Bruno, a brilliant pass from Cristiano. The right-back is struggling to get back and that first touch is okay, but that second touch really makes the goal. The ‘keeper doesn’t cover himself in glory and he could of possibly done a little bit better.”
And Owen Hargreaves added: “That is the great thing about young kids, they play with enthusiasm. Every time he gets the ball he runs forward, it’s great to see him embrace with Cristiano. United have looked to play long balls and it’s worked, so credit to them. It’s an incredible for the young man.”
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