Bruno Fernandes has criticized fans after several perceived his post-Manchester Derby comments as an attack on his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo, taking to social media to set the record straight.
The Red Devils came from behind to win a controversial Manchester Derby at Old Trafford courtesy of a Fernandes goal, leaving them just one point behind Pep Guardiola’s side and firmly in a title race.
An impressive run of results since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure before the World Cup continues, with Erik ten Hag’s side now the fittest team in the Premier League having won their last five games in a row.
And after the clash, Fernandes took pains to point out what had changed, stating that the team was now more united than before, when they were a collection of individual players.
“I told the team before the game: ‘Now we look like a team,'” the United captain told BT Sport.
“[We] Before we were individuals, now we are a team. You can see a proper team working for each other.”
Many took it as a hint at his compatriot Ronaldo, who was regularly accused of not being a team player and more interested in individual praise.
But Fernandes, who has flourished again in Ronaldo’s absence, was quick to shut down those rumors on Instagram, telling fans not to get him involved in discussions about the Al-Nassr striker.
“I know it’s hard to see Manchester United do well, [but I] I have nothing that [say] about us in the news apart [from] good things! ”, He published on the social network.
“Don’t use my name to attack Cristiano. Cristiano was part of our team for half the season and as I’ve said in many interviews everyone from Liverpool is being amazing and acting like a proper team and you can see the results. We continue!'”
Manchester United head to the Emirates Stadium next weekend, where a win could move them within three points of the leaders if Arsenal unleash a slam dunk in the north London derby on Sunday.