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Bruno Fernandes hits back at Cristiano Ronaldo claim following Manchester Derby win

The Portuguese attacker was not happy with how his post match comments were received.


Bruno Fernandes has slammed fans after several perceived his post-Manchester Derby comments as an attack on compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo, taking to social media to set the record straight.

The Red Devils came from behind to win a controversial Manchester Derby at Old Trafford, courtesy of a goal from Fernandes, leaving them just one point behind Pep Guardiola’s side and firmly in a title race.

It continues an impressive run of results since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo before the World Cup, with Erik ten Hag’s side now the most in-form side in the Premier League having won their last five games in a row.

And after the clash, Fernandes was at pains to point out what had changed, claiming that the side were now more unified than they had been before, when they were a collection of individual players.

“I said it before the game to the team: ‘We look like a team now”, the United skipper told BT Sport.

“[We] used to be individuals, now we are a team. You can see a proper team that works for each other.”

Many took that as a veiled dig at compatriot Ronaldo, who was regularly accused of not being a team player and rather being more interested in individual accolades.

But Fernandes, who has blossomed once more in Ronaldo’s absence, was quick to shut those rumours down on Instagram, telling fans not to involve him in discussions around the Al-Nassr striker.

“I know that is difficult to see Manchester United doing well, [but I] don’t have anything to [say] about us on the news apart [from] good things!”, he posted on the social media site.

“Don’t use my name to attack Cristiano. Cristiano was part of our team for half the season and as I said in many interviews, everyone since Liverpool is being amazing and acting like a proper team and you can see the results. We carry on!’”

Manchester United head to the Emirates Stadium next weekend, where a win could see them climb to within three points of the leaders should Arsenal come unstuck in the north London derby on Sunday.

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