Sir Alex Ferguson would’ve fumed at Man Utd’s Bruno Fernandes vs Leicester says Hargreaves

Man Utd: Solskjaer praises Fernandes performance

Owen Hargreaves has pinpointed an incident from Bruno Fernandes that would have angered Sir Alex Ferguson during Manchester United’s 2-2 draw at Leicester. The Portuguese midfielder was in fine form with a goal and assist but his performance wasn’t perfect. 

Fernandes’ eighth assist of the season in all competitions came in the first half when he stabbed a pass through to Marcus Rashford to open the scoring.

However, Fernandes was partially at fault for Leicester’s first equaliser after a sloppy passage of play saw him give away possession deep in his own half.

An attempted nutmeg on Foxes midfielder Wilfred Ndidi went awry, gifting the ball to James Maddison who laid it off to teammate Harvey Barnes. 

The midfielder took aim from the edge of the penalty area and fired a powerful shot past David de Gea.

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Speaking after the match, Hargreaves said the legendary former Red Devils boss would have been unimpressed with Fernandes in that moment. 

“Fernandes, sometimes as good as you are, don’t play with risk in your own half,” he told Premier League Productions. 

“He’s fortunate Ole is a nice manager because I can only imagine what Sir Alex would have said to one of us if we tried to nutmeg someone in our own half.”

Despite the error, the former Sporting Lisbon star then got on the scoresheet himself after the break to put United 2-1 up, drilling the ball beyond Kasper Schmeichel from close range.

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Leicester leveled the scores again before full time when Jamie Vardy’s shot beat De Gea via Axel Tuenzebe’s unfortunate deflection.  

The draw maintained United’s eight-match unbeaten run and was only the second time Solskjaer’s side have dropped points in that time.

The Red Devils are four points behind leaders Liverpool before the champions take on West Brom at Anfield later this afternoon. 

Since joining the club last January, Fernandes has scored 26 goals and registered 16 assists, more than any other player in the English top flight since then.

This season, the playmaker has scored 14 times and picked up eight assists. 

Speaking afterwards, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for Fernandes and his impact on the match.

“He’s definitely a player that impacts results in games,” said the manager. “He creates chances and scores goals. 

“He takes risks, which any Manchester United player should be allowed to be brave enough to do. And he is definitely a brave boy.

Hargreaves still found time to praise Fernandes’ overall contribution to the result at the King Power Stadium and claimed his form is a stark contrast to Paul Pogba who is struggling to retain a starting place. 

“They’ve spent all that money on Paul to be the difference maker. Bruno has come in and he’s become the difference maker,” he added.

“I think the issue is – can they get them in the team together? Paul didn’t play because Fred and McTominay do a job.

“Fernandes gets you goals and assists almost on his own. It’s trying to find a way to get Pogba in the side.”

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