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Erik ten Hag responds to Bruno Fernandes’ comments about Man United future



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Erik ten Hag has provided a simple response when asked about Bruno Fernandes and his latest comments about his Manchester United future.

The United manager has five games remaining this term but only one will ultimately decide whether he can rescue the campaign from being a failure into a success.

An FA Cup final against Manchester City at the end of the month comes after Premier League fixtures against Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Newcastle and Brighton.

With an away trip against Palace up next on Monday evening, Ten Hag could be without captain Bruno Fernandes for the first time through injury.

The Portuguese midfielder has broken his hand, which was strapped up in recent appearances, but it appears to be an ankle issue which is making him a doubt for the London trip.

Bruno has not missed a game through injury since he joined the Old Trafford club in January 2020.

Ten Hag addresses Bruno interview

Off the pitch, Bruno conducted an interview with DAZNPortugal, where he was asked about his Old Trafford future.

The midfielder stated that there is a feeling on both sides that he will remain but also stated that he’s not looking too far into the future due to the upcoming European Championships and the final games of the season with United.

His comments were somewhat taken out of context, according to Ten Hag, to suggest that he is open to leaving the club.

“That was taken out of context,” said Ten Hag. “I haven’t even asked him, because I know he is Manchester United and I think he is very happy to be here.”

Asked if he felt Fernandes would see out his United contract, which has two more years to run, with the option of another year, Ten Hag said: “Definitely.”

Ten Hag added praise for captain Bruno

Ten Hag added: “Taking responsibility is one of the biggest assets nowadays that top footballers have to show and to deliver.

“Bruno always delivers, he’s always available, he never misses a game, always plays at a good level and is always giving energy to the team. Such assets are necessary to be successful.

“Bruno is a real fighter. Last year, for instance, when we played Brighton in the FA Cup semi-final, he played with an ankle that was so thick it was unbelievable. He couldn’t run, but he was still on the pitch. Bruno is a very good example for many other players.”