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Ole Gunnar Solskjær disagrees with Erik ten Hag’s “pathetic” outburst



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Ole Gunnar Solskjær has disagreed with the recent words of Erik ten Hag following his outburst surrounding Bruno Fernandes last week.

Erik ten Hag has been a staunch defender of Bruno Fernandes in the last few months after the Manchester United club captain has come under fire for some of his recent actions.

One that was highlighted against Fulham was after the full-time whistle when Fernandes was spotted shouting at the referees after the fixture had finished following Alex Iwobi’s last-minute winner at Old Trafford.

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When Ten Hag was questioned about the moment in his post-match press conference, the Dutchman burst out in defence of his player, branding the criticism on social media “pathetic” and explaining that Fernandes expressing his character was a good quality in a leader.

“I see social media criticising him,” Ten Hag said. “It is pathetic. He has a serious injury but he continued to play on Saturday and then also he fought to be part of this game.

“He has a very high pain threshold, and last year, he did something similar against Spurs and in the semi-final [against Brighton]. It shows his leadership because that expresses his character, and that is very good when you are a leader.”

On the other hand, former United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær disagrees, explaining that although Fernandes does have some qualities as a captain, he is sometimes “too passionate” and loses control.

“He’s got captain qualities,” Solskjær said on the Stick to Football podcast. “He knows, I’ve told him, he’s too passionate at times. He loses a bit of that control.”

He continued, explaining that he “loved” Harry Maguire as his captain: “I loved Harry as a captain. He was the leader in that group when I was there.”