Speaking to the reporters on Thursday, Erik ten Hag said: “I think Bruno Fernandes was the best player on the pitch. It shows his personality, he played a little deeper role tonight, I asked him to do, and I think he was brilliant.
“He was the leader in making the game from the back in possession, making the rhythm of the game, a lot of good passes in between the lines and from there we created a lot of chances. He led the team from the first minute by his game.
“It’s his strength and his passion but you are right, sometimes he has to control that. He has to bring it, that is his strength and when it’s too much it becomes a weakness, that’s true. He knows that and there are always small margins.”
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Fernandes retained his place in the starting XI — as well as the captaincy — in Manchester United’s 4–1 win away at Real Betis in the Europa League.
Some fans actually questioned the Portuguese’s mentality and attitude in the aftermath of his antics during the 7–0 defeat against Liverpool last Sunday.