Manchester United ace Bruno Fernandes has lost faith in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and was left furious after the club failed to strengthen properly during the summer transfer window. That’s according to Duncan Castles of the Transfer Window Podcast.
Fernandes was substituted at half-time in United’s humiliating 6-1 defeat against Tottenham last weekend.
The Portuguese ace, who joined in January in a deal worth £46.6million, was said to be furious at half-time on his way off the pitch before being swapped for Fred.
Fernandes reportedly complained that a team like United shouldn’t have been in a position to be beaten so convincingly at home.
Following the game, heavy speculation began that Old Trafford officials are considering firing the former striker and approaching Mauricio Pochettino if results don’t improve more.
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And according to Castles, Fernandes’ opinion is shared by other members of the dressing room, with many feeling he isn’t up to the job.
Fernandes was also apparently left fuming after United failed to strengthen properly in the summer transfer window, as they failed to sign any of their top targets.
Speaking to the Transfer Window Podcast, Castles explained that United officials still have a long-standing interest in Pochettino, while claiming that Fernandes feels Solskjaer doesn’t have the ability to turn things around.
He also confirmed that reports of Fernandes’ half-time rage against Spurs are accurate, and that the player let his feelings be known in the tunnel.
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Castles said: “What I’m hearing, and this is coming from a source very close to the player, is that Fernandes’ opinion of Solskjaer is similar to that of other senior members of the team.
“He doesn’t feel like [Solskjaer] is strong enough to manage the squad and he doesn’t have the capabilities to push the players they have forward in the direction they should go.
“On top of that, I understand Fernandes is angry with the club because what they did in the summer does not cohere with his expectations of what would happen when he arrived.
“They haven’t, in his view, signed players required to improve what is obviously a substandard squad to the level where they can fight for titles against Manchester City, Liverpool and Europe in the Champions League.
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“There is a discontent with the club and a discontent with the manager.
“It’s not entirely surprising to me that this has happened, it’s a common pattern in the dressing room – this opinion of Solskjaer.
“Fernandes is notorious for being highly competitive as an individual, he comes across as a very nice and unassuming individual, but talking to those who know him it’s a different story.
“I think this adds significantly to the pressure on Solskjaer. United have this long-standing interest in Mauricio Pochettino but there are other options on the market including Max Allegri, who isn’t in contact with United but would be a candidate.”
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