Gary Neville, a former player of Manchester United, was outraged by Bruno Fernandes’ performance during their game against Liverpool. The Portuguese midfielder captained the Red Devils during their 7-0 loss, which is a record Premier League defeat for the team. While no one in the squad played well, Fernandes’ display particularly irked fans and former players of Man United.
During the game, Fernandes threw himself to the ground after Reds goalkeeper Alisson won a 50-50 ball against him in the second half. He also looked to deceive referee Andy Madley when being shrugged off the ball by Ibrahima Konate, Fernandes collapsing holding his face when the Liverpool defender only made contact with his chest. Neville commented on these incidents during his commentary for Sky Sports, calling Fernandes “embarrassing” and a “shambles” in the game.
Neville also saw Fernandes throw his arm up in the air at the Man United bench when Marcus Rashford was substituted after Liverpool went 6-0 up. Additionally, he had an involvement with one of Madley’s linesmen, having been filmed nudging him in the back after a break in play. Neville questioned Fernandes’ credentials as captain of the team and said that he expected Erik ten Hag to deal with him strongly in the coming days.
TalkSPORT’s Darren Ambrose also commented on Fernandes’ captaincy, saying that while he didn’t know him personally, he believed that a central defender would make a better captain. However, he acknowledged that ten Hag had decided on Fernandes and that it was not for them to question that decision.
Overall, it was a bad performance by Manchester United at Liverpool, and Fernandes’ display did not help matters. His actions during the game were criticized by Neville and other commentators, and it remains to be seen how ten Hag will deal with him in the coming days.