Bruno Fernandes explains on-field argument with Manchester United team-mate Tyrell Malacia


    Bruno Fernandes arguing with Tyrell Malacia (Picture: Getty)
    Bruno Fernandes arguing with Tyrell Malacia (Picture: Getty)

    Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has explained an on-pitch argument that he had with team-mate Tyrell Malacia.

    The Portuguese playmaker has taken on the armband at points this season when Harry Maguire has been left out of the starting XI.

    Fernandes didn’t need to be named captain to tear into his team-mates as the 28-year-old has been doing that since his move from Sporting Lisbon in 2020.

    The midfielder has argued with the likes of Maguire and Victor Lindelof in the past, though many feel it’s a good sign of the Portuguese’s winning attitude rather than something that needs to be stopped.

    Malacia got a taste of that during United’s 1-0 win against Leicester last month when Fernandes lambasted him at the King Power Stadium.

    Fernandes admits the Dutchman was angry with him but he was simply trying to get him to switch play and once he explained the situation, the defender understood.

    Malacia has settled in well at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)
    Malacia has settled in well at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

    ‘The thing people say about how I wave my arms at my team-mates. That has never happened. That is completely a lie,’ Fernandes told the Athletic.

    ‘I can be using my arms to ask for the ball and to tell them something about where to move the ball. But never do I talk to them in a bad way.

    ‘Yes, I can shout at someone if they do not pass the ball when he has to do it, or if he does not take the decision in the best way, or if he goes two-v-one and does not pass the ball to his team-mate. Then it is normal to be angry with him.’

    ‘He [Malacia] was quite angry with me because I was talking to him. But he didn’t understand what I was saying.

    ‘I said, ‘Ty, just put your head up and look to the other side’.

    ‘He was quite angry with me because I was talking to him. But he didn’t understand what I was saying. At the end of the game, I went up to him and put my hands on his head calmly and said, ‘When I talk to you, I am not shouting at you in a bad way, I am just asking you to switch the play’.

    ‘He said, ‘Yeah, sorry, I was just tired’.’

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