Bruno Fernandes hits back at criticism over his on-field behaviour, claims he is ‘never disrespectful’
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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has hit back at criticism over his on-field antics.
To date, Fernandes has made 174 appearances for the Old Trafford club across all competitions, scoring 60 goals and assisting 52.
Despite his obvious talent, Fernandes has often been criticised for his behaviour on the pitch.
In recent weeks, Fernandes was seen frantically waving his arms at both his teammates and officials whilst he appeared to shove a linesman during United's 7-0 thrashing by Liverpool. This has led to calls for him to be stripped of captaincy when Harry Maguire is not on the field.
However, Fernandes has now hit back and claimed that he is never disrespectful to anyone.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Sometimes I go over the line. I know that. It can happen in the game and it is difficult to control emotions.
“But I never try to be disrespectful with anyone. We are all competitive and we all want to win. The way I play and feel the game, the passion I feel for it, is how I feel better and how I give the most for my team and to my club. That's why I play in that way.
“I've also been like that since I was seven years old, I don't want to lose my game - I am really competitive and want to give to push and give the best of myself. And I demand the others to give the best of themselves.”
Fernandes continued: “If I see someone on the pitch and I'm trying to say something to them, it's because I believe they can do better. Sometimes I can even be giving credit to them but in the television you can't see that.
“You see the waving of the arms, but that doesn't mean that you're moaning at someone. It's sometimes the way you can express yourself on the pitch. With 75,000 at Old Trafford, it's difficult to feel or listen to other people so you have to make gestures with your hands.”
Last month, United boss Erik ten Hag also backed Fernandes, the Dutchman said: “No one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes. We have to learn and he has to learn.
“He will because he's intelligent. I'm happy to have Bruno Fernandes in the team and he will be captain when Harry isn't on the pitch.”