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Bruno Fernandes’ secret ‘selfish’ Manchester United tactic exposed by former player



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Bruno Fernandes has been criticised heavily for his recent actions as Manchester United lost 3-0 to Manchester City in the Premier League.

Manchester United fell to yet another defeat in the Premier League this season as Manchester City steamrolled Old Trafford thanks to an Erling Haaland brace and Phil Foden tap-in on Sunday afternoon.

In what can only be described as another embarrassing performance from Erik ten Hag‘s team, it has been highlighted that current club captain Bruno Fernandes performed poorly in the tie.

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Former Manchester City player Micah Richards, who was in attendance at the fixture, has explained that Fernandes has a selfish tactic he employs whenever United are losing in order to save face with the crowd.

“Have you noticed what Fernandes does? When Man United go behind and he’s not having a good game, what he does is he starts running around trying to get the crowd onside, running out of position to make everyone believe that he is working very hard for the team, but really he is just playing for himself,” he said on The Rest is Football podcast.

“Every decision that goes against Man United, his arms [are flailing in the air].

“I was working with Roy Keane (on Sunday) and he said he would take the captaincy off him (Fernandes). We’re not questioning his ability, he’s a quality play, but as a captain, I don’t know if the pressure is too much for him or if he is trying to do too much, but it’s not quite working out.”

Fernandes has not been his optimal best for United this season, scoring two goals and providing three assists in his 13 appearances across the Premier League and Champions League so far.

With United welcoming Newcastle to Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday evening, they have a chance to help put the loss behind them and correct their wrongdoing – but another loss could inflict even further damage.