Fernandes 'raging' at Solskjaer's tactics in United's Tottenham defeat

‘He had a face like thunder when he raced down the tunnel’: Bruno Fernandes left ‘raging’ at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics during Man United’s capitulation against Tottenham

  • Bruno Fernandes was furious at half time of Man United’s 6-1 loss to Tottenham
  • The Portugal midfielder got stuck into his team-mates in a heated rant at them 
  • He also is said to have clashed with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his use of tactics 
  • Fernandes was taken off at half-time for Fred and was also reportedly left upset 

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes was left fuming by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics during their 6-1 thrashing against Tottenham.

The Portugal international gave United the lead from the penalty spot just two minutes in but capitulation then followed as the hosts conceded four before half-time and had Anthony Martial sent off following an altercation with Erik Lamela.

The 26-year-old star is renowned for his leadership qualities and he was not afraid to get stuck into his team-mates after storming into the dressing room at the break while also clashing with Solskjaer regarding tactical aspects in the game. 

Bruno Fernandes was furious with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics in United’s defeat to Spurs

Fernandes furiously questioned Solskjaer at half-time of Manchester United’s 6-1 hammering 

 Fernandes launched a tirade against his United team-mates at half-time against Tottenham

One United matchday official told The Mirror: ‘You couldn’t help but hear him. He was clearly in a rage after having a face like thunder when he raced down the tunnel.

‘He laid into team-mates, accusing them of not upholding the proud name of Manchester United. He kept yelling, ‘We are supposed to be Manchester United. This shouldn’t be happening’.

‘It was clear that the manager also came under fire because he was going on about the wrong tactics. There were other raised voices, but his was the one which seemed to carry the main force.’

A United official however told the same outlet no row had taken place and such a heated exchange of views is a common occurrence in the home dressing room at Old Trafford.

Fernandes scored an early penalty but Manchester United then capitulated to a 6-1 defeat

Fernandes cut a frustrated figure against Tottenham and claimed the ‘wrong tactics’ were used

The news comes after reports in The Athletic emerged that the midfielder was also left despondent at being hooked at half-time for Brazilian Fred, as United went on to concede two more goals scored by Serge Aurier and Harry Kane from the penalty spot.

But the report also claimed Solskjaer’s decision to substitute him was largely a tactical one, feeling he needed fresh legs in midfield to try and stop Spurs running riot.

Fernandes is currently on international duty with Portugal, and possible burnout was also on the Norwegian’s mind, with United desperate to include him when they attempt to bounce back against Newcastle on Saturday.

He was also reportedly left upset after being substituted for Fred at half-time at Old Trafford

Fernandes is currently on Portugal duty and Solskjaer is said to be concerned about burnout

Reports in Portugal also suggested United are concerned about the 26-year-old’s ‘mental and physical freshness’ after an intense period of matches over the past few months and an impressive start to life in Manchester following his January move from Sporting Lisbon.

United have struggled to get going this season following a lack of pre-season, picking up just three points in as many games.

Their sole victory over Brighton also came in fortunate circumstances, with Fernandes scoring a penalty in the 100th minute of the fixture at the Amex Stadium.

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