Bruno Fernandes Hits Back At Critics For Saying He Doesn't Perform Against The 'Top Six'
It has been a quite remarkable campaign for the Manchester United midfielder. He's scored 22 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions this season, assisting 13 times in the meantime.
But despite his run of form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, many have taken aim at Fernandes' influence against the bigger teams.
For example, in last weekend's clash against Chelsea, he lost possession more times than any other player (20) and was dribbled past the most times (four) while only creating one chance throughout.
Bruno Fernandes has just one goal (a penalty) and no assists in seven games against 'the big six' in the Premier League in 2020-21 ♂️ pic.twitter.com/AG5HPDZ9ZA
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He may have been Manchester United's player this season so far, with many placing him in competition for individual awards at the end of the season, but many are still not convinced with those performances when it matter most.
Bruno, meanwhile, has now responded to those claims and he hasn't held back.
:speaking_head: "I don't need to see stats to see if I play well or not."- Football Daily (@footballdaily) March 6, 2021
Bruno Fernandes hits back at critics for saying he doesn't perform against the top 6 pic.twitter.com/SpDow5CoOH
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Former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen, who worked under Sir Alex Ferguson for a number of years, believes Fernandes is "trying to hard" in these games.
"When he influences games, he's on the ball a lot." he told Stadium Astro.
"He drifts everywhere, players are more than happy to give him the ball and he's established a link with the front players like Rashford. But the bigger teams do their homework.
"They know that if you can stop Fernandes getting on the ball or into danger areas and stop the passing lines he's looking for, you basically stop Manchester United from creating anything."
Meulensteen continued, saying: "He's trying too hard maybe at times and that's why things don't work.
"Sometimes less is more. Be a little calmer, make sure you influence the game and keep it ticking over.
"That's what I feel is missing to give United a real rhythm of play."
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