Copenhagen player who clashed with Bruno Fernandes says Man United captain ‘is a player who always complains and whines’, as footage emerges of his tunnel anguish after Champions League loss
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Copenhagen forward Mohamed Elyounoussi has hit out at Bruno Fernandes for his attempts to influence the referee in the Danish side’s 4-3 Champions League victory against Manchester United.
The former Southampton star was one of six scorers on the night in an enthralling game that had goals, a sending off and two contentious penalty decisions.
United’s came after the break and restored their lead following Copenhagen’s stunning first-half recovery from a two-goal deficit. The spot kick was dispatched by Fernandes who, according to Elyounoussi, has a habit of ‘whining’ to the officials.
The 29-year-old was seen in an exchange with the Portuguese midfielder, which he sought to clarify the content of post-match.
‘I think everyone who has seen United and who has seen him knows that he is a player who is always with the referees complaining and whining,’ he said.
Mohamed Elyounoussi (right) has accused the Manchester United skipper of complaining to the officials
Fernandes can be seen in dialogue with the referee after he showed Marcus Rashford (right) a red card
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Erik ten Hag’s side fell to the bottom of their Champions League group with only two games left to play
‘I tried to get him away from the referee. I said: “It’s done”. It was nothing more than that. I don’t like players who go forward and try to influence the referees.’
Wednesday’s tie began so positively for the away side as Rasmus Hojlund’s brace gave them a commanding 2-0 advantage.
But Copenhagen found a route back into the game following the dismissal of Marcus Rashford for serious foul play and were back on level terms before the end of a lengthy period of stoppage time through Elyounoussi and Diogo Goncalves.
Despite the setback, United looked confident after the break and managed to regain the lead with Fernandes’s penalty. But late efforts from Lukas Lerage and Roony Bardghji clinched the victory.
United’s loss leaves them bottom of the group after four games ahead of fixtures against Galatasaray and Bayern Munich.
A dejected Fernandes was spotted with his head in his hands at the Parken Stadium. He admitted that the mood in the dressing room was ‘not the best’ but defended their effort in defeat.
‘It is difficult at the moment,’ he told TNT Sports. ‘the mood is not the best because I think we fought so hard with ten men that even from then on it was playing against a team that plays really well on the ball, and as a part of that, many decisions went against us.
Fernandes scored United’s third goal to restore their lead but was powerless to stop the Danish side from claiming a famous victory
‘Today was a tough day but I think the team effort was good. We tried. We could have done some things better, but it was difficult for us from thirty minutes on, playing with one player less.’
Ten Hag’s side next face a trip to Turkey in matchday five knowing another loss will end their knockout round qualification hopes. However, victory in their final two games should be enough to grab a spot in the top two and Fernandes revealed that belief remains within the camp of doing just that.
‘Even before this game, that was still the belief: to win the last three games of the group stage,’ He added. ‘And now we have to.
‘We have to win them. If we want to stay in the Champions League and stay in the best competition, we have to win against the best.’
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