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Former Manchester City fullback criticizes “pathetic” Bruno Fernandes



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Manchester United skipper Bruno Fernandes has often been criticized for his on-field behaviour, with Micah Richards joining the bandwagon.

Bruno Fernandes was appointed as Manchester United‘s captain for the current season after Harry Maguire was stripped of captaincy earlier this season. However, the Portuguese midfielder was recently criticized for his ‘pathetic’ attitude as it is “disturbing the rest of the team.”

Micah Richards, who once donned the blue jersey of Manchester City reprimanded the midfielder for his attitude in United’s embarrassing defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last week. Drawing in examples from United’s defeat to Spurs, Richards pointed out how the team’s skipper lashed out at youngster Facundo Pellistri following a failed attacking move.

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“It’s getting embarrassing now. The young lad Pellistri comes on. Fernandes is trying to get his team playing and I totally understand he’s frustrated.

“Pellistri made a run, Fernandes didn’t see him and [so] he made a different run but because he wasn’t where [Fernandes] wanted him to be, he’s going off at Pellestri, Richards said on The Rest Is Football podcast.

The 35-year-old former right-back continued by stating that Fernandes’ body language disrupts the other players and hence affects the team’s overall performance.

“It’s every time. I saw an interview with him the other day and he said he needs to be emotional when he performs because it makes him play better.

“But I feel like his body language on the pitch is disturbing the rest of the team and it’s just not a good look at all. It’s pathetic at times.”

Fernandes has often been booked for arguing with referees during United’s matches.