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Bruno Fernandes reveals Man United squad’s view on Erik ten Hag’s potential departure



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Bruno Fernandes has revealed how the Manchester United squad views the noise surrounding manager Erik ten Hag’s potential departure.

United won their FA Cup semi-final clash against Coventry City on Sunday, yet once again this season, fans left the game with more questions than answers.

It was what can only be described as a total capitulation from Ten Hag’s men, who threw away a three-goal lead and were inches away from losing the game in the 120th minute after being forced into an extra-time bout.

Victory on penalties means that it’s the second FA Cup final for the club under the Dutch manager since he joined. Yet, there remain major question marks over his Old Trafford future.

Performances have been the largest worry for United supporters this season, and results haven’t been much better either. Sitting seventh in the Premier League table, the only chance of success this season rides on an FA Cup final against Manchester City.

Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty in Manchester derby FA Cup final last term to level the game. İlkay Gündoğan scored his second of the game afterwards to secure the win for United’s rivals.

The Portuguese midfielder will hope to have a similar impact with a different result this time around after scoring and assisting during the chaotic semi-final bout against Coventry.

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However, Ten Hag’s unknown future will continue to loom over the club between now and then, and even afterwards, until a decision is confirmed. Fernandes stresses that the squad is not focusing on that.

Instead, the club captain states that Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS team will “take care” of the managerial situation, while the squad must keep their attention on trying to finish the season strongly.

“That doesn’t have to affect anyone because we have to focus on everything we have this season,” Fernandes told the Manchester Evening News.

“Because we still have chances to get in European positions in the league, we have to finish as high as possible, that’s the main thing. And then we have an FA Cup final to play.

“So no one has to be worried because it’s not our job to be worried with these things that come from the outside or from the inside or whatever.

“Because we have the owners who take care of that, we have the directors and then we players, it’s about performing on the pitch and giving our best.”