Bruno Fernandes Finally Sends Open Message To Gary Neville & Other Critics Of His Behaviour In The Field
Bruno Fernandes has hit back at critics of of his body language during Manchester United’s 7-0 defeat by Liverpool.
Ahead of the clash with Nottingham Forest on Sunday, Fernandes said: “Sometimes I go over the line. I know that. It can happen in the game and it is difficult to control emotions.
“But I never try to be disrespectful with anyone. We are all competitive and we all want to win. The way I play and feel the game, the passion I feel for it, is how I feel better and how I give the most for my team and to my club. That’s why I play in that way.
“I’ve also been like that since I was seven years old. I don’t want to lose my game — I am really competitive and want to push and give the best of myself. And I demand the others to give the best of themselves.
“If I see someone on the pitch and I’m trying to say something to them, it’s because I believe they can do better. Sometimes I can even be giving credit to them but in the television, you can’t see that.
“You see the waving of the arms, but that doesn’t mean that you’re moaning at someone. It’s sometimes the way you can express yourself on the pitch. With 75,000 at Old Trafford, it’s difficult to feel or listen to other people so you have to make gestures with your hands.”
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Gary Neville and Roy Keane were unhappy with the way Fernandes flung his arms around during last month’s embarrassing display at Anfield with the Portuguese branded a “disgrace”.
When asked specifically about Neville’s comments, Fernandes added: “We all know pundits have to say something to keep their work. The more bad things they say, the more work they get, sometimes.
“Most of the things that were said after that game were complete lies. Because I waved my arms, they (assumed) that I said something that I didn’t say. The pundits always want to say something to get attention and credit from the people outside. Sometimes they say something to say.”
Fernandes, who has scored 10 goals in 48 appearances for United this season, is expected to start for Erik ten Hag’s side at the City Ground.