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Bruno Fernandes was criticised by fans of opposition teams, after the Manchester United star attempted to score from a drop ball on Wednesday night.
United were sent crashing out of the Carabao Cup in the fourth round, with West Ham and David Moyes exacting some revenge from their dramatic loss in the league just three days before.
Manuel Lanzini's goal in the ninth minute separated the two much changed teams from their previous meeting, even though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team dominated possession for much of the game.
United tried desperately to find an equaliser and sent on regular starters Mason Greenwood and Fernandes in the second half, in search of the goal to take it to a penalty shoot out.
Late in injury time, the Portugal play maker attempted to steal a drop ball from the Hammers and run the ball into the back of the net but he was stopped by referee Jon Moss.
No way Bruno tried this, I’m in tears 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/7QjxM5JIDp— • (@The_Gerrard_Era) September 22, 2021
bruno fernandes, Ladies and Gentlemen 🤡🤡🤡 pic.twitter.com/QTNVuzGMKG— Shhhh❗ (@DeargMurphy) September 22, 2021
The goal of course didn't stand and if anything the former Sporting man just wasted the last few seconds that he and his team had to try anything.
At least if they'd won the ball back fairly there might have been time for one last attack, but instead the final whistle blew almost immediately after the drop ball was retaken.
However the backlash to the cheeky attempt from Fernandes from opposition fans went as far as calling him a cheat.
Of course he has no idea about fair play— Nick🇬🇷 (@lfcnickk) September 22, 2021
it’s a drop ball to West Ham, how did he think he would get away with it😭— george (@StokeyyG2) September 22, 2021
If desperation were a clip 😭😭— David (@Slidetackld) September 22, 2021
THE MOST SHAMELESS PLAYER IN HISTORY😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂— Oz⭐️⭐️ (@cfcoz_) September 22, 2021
Still, good attempt at some cheating from Fernandes.— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) September 22, 2021
Topped by Fernandes trying to steal a bloody drop ball, what a complete bunch of scumbags https://t.co/KpfM31ogkR— JonnyH (@RorkesXDrift) September 22, 2021
Drop ball west ham possession and Bruno Fernándes tried this 😂😂😂😂 mans so desperate for goals since Ronaldo is taking the pens. Embarrassing! https://t.co/JbAXskWIg2— nofun77 (@nvojacek5) September 22, 2021
However there were some who believed the goal should have stood, with Bruno not touching the ball until it had touched the ground, technically making it live.
Far be it from me to defend United, but that Bruno Fernandes thing at the end… After a drop-ball, the ball is in play when it hits the floor, not when the ball is played. And he only needs to be 5 yards away.— James Harkin (@JamesHarkin) September 22, 2021
There were questions as to whether the player was far enough away from the ball when it was initially dropped but he actually fell foul of a different rule anyway.
A goal can't be scored until the ball has been touched by two players following the drop, which wasn't the case, although that should have meant a goal kick and not a retake of the drop.
Either way, the goal didn't stand and United were knocked out.
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