How Cristiano Ronaldo kept Bruno Fernandes occupied during Man Utd protests

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Bruno Fernandes has revealed how he kept busy as a mass protests was unfolding outside of the team’s hotel in Manchester City centre ahead of their supposed clash with Liverpool on Sunday. The Red Devils squad were unable to leave as fans lit smoke grenades and chanted anti-Glazer songs directly outside the hotel.

Similar protests also took place outside Old Trafford, which saw supporters break into the stadium.

At the hotel a number of players were captured peering out of their bedroom windows to watch the protest unfold.

However, Fernandes had his fellow countryman Cristiano Ronaldo keeping him well occupied.

The United midfielder has revealed he tuned into the Serie A battle between Udinese and Juventus, which had a dramatic end to the game.

The hosts took a 1-0 lead through Nahuel Molina but Ronaldo flipped the game on it’s head with two goals in the last seven minutes.

“I was in my room watching Udinese v Juventus,” Fernandes explained. “I didn’t try to go outside. I did what security said and stayed in my room.”

He added: “The most important is that everyone has something to say,” Fernandes said. “The most important thing is the team and we have a good group.

“It was completely different, that was the fans and players, it was really different to Sunday. I don’t want to compare. I don’t want to remember that, what happened on Sunday is past.”

Fernandes was speaking ahead of United’s Europa League semi-final second-leg clash with Roma on Thursday night.

The 26-year-old scored two goals and registered two assists in the first-leg 6-2 win.

But he was still not happy with his personal performance.

“I hope to play more than 50 [games] next season again,” he added. “When you play for a club like this your standards have to be high.

“Roma was not my best game but on numbers everyone will say it’s the best I’ve done. Two goals and two assists: it’s the first time I’ve done that.”

Meanwhile, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sent a message to the fans.

“Of course we want to listen. It has to be in a peaceful manner, it’s important,” he said.

“Please voice your opinions. We know as a club we need to communicate better. I can refer back to the apologies, it came out wrong and it was the wrong thing to do.

“I know our fans want a team that is likeable, playing attacking football, scoring goals, winning trophies and being humble — that can identify back with them.

“My job is the results. We want to get back to winning trophies, we haven’t won for a while and that’s something we’re working on. I’m sure fans can see what the players are doing.”

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