‘Bruno is play-acting as Man Utd captain – Roy Keane would have b*****ked us’
Manchester United's stars will be doing everything in their power right now to forget Sunday's dismal, humiliating, emasculating 7-0 defeat to Liverpool … but that won't be easy for Bruno Fernandes.
The Portugal international emerged from the wreckage as the designated fall guy – and with good reason. He spent the game throwing strops – both at the referee and his team-mates – and play-acting, before shamefully asking to be subbed off, all while sporting the captain's armband.
Criticism and ridicule came thick and fast for Fernandes after the final whistle, with United legends Gary Neville and Roy Keane going after him in the studio, branding his performance "a shambles" and "disgraceful", among other things.
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Former Red Devils striker Dwight Yorke got in on the act too, insisting Fernandes' antics wouldn't have been tolerated in his era.
"Bruno Fernandes asking to be subbed off is not a good look, especially as it was our captain," he told Boyle Sports. "It's easy to be happy when football is going great, when everything is going perfect.
"That's where the great captains like Roy Keane or Bryan Robson, they would never give in and would keep b*llocking their team-mates and showing their passion and desire."
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United were absolutely torn apart by Liverpool, with a second half capitulation undoing, mentally at least, much of the progress Erik ten Hag's side had made over the past three months.
Treble-winner Yorke suggested such a collapse wouldn't have happened back in the day under Sir Alex Ferguson, and said that Fernandes' antics made him look like a bad leader.
"If I was playing in that team and saw my captain complaining, it would not have registered very well with me. We lose together, we win together, that's the saying in the dressing room and you can't look to abandon ship. It's not a sign of a great leader," Yorke insisted.
"Fernandes will learn from it, when you have the likes of Keane and Gary Neville chirping at you on TV, there is not hiding place from it."
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