Man United star Bruno Fernandes has this evening opened up on the widely-discussed exchange between he and Pep Guardiola during the recent Manchester derby.
United down City
The standout fixture of Premier League gameweek 29 took place at Old Trafford last Sunday evening.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s in-form United welcomed Manchester neighbours City to the Theatre of Dreams, for a hotly-anticipated showdown.
The Red Devils headed into proceedings on the back of a 9-match unbeaten streak across all competitions, a run which had seen them advance in both the Europa League and FA Cup, and reestablish themselves as protagonists in the Premier League top-4 race.
And, when all was said and done last weekend, the hosts’ hot streak continued.
A below-strength City XI, missing the likes of Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, David Silva and, most notably, Kevin De Bruyne, was eventually downed by 2 goals to nil.
Anthony Martial opened the scoring for United with half an hour on the clock, before substitute Scott McTominay made sure of the Red Devils’ 3 points from long-range deep into injury-time.
Highlights: Man United 2-0 Man City
‘Make me mad’
Another impressive performance and victory for Manchester United aside, meanwhile, a 2nd major talking point to have stemmed from last weekend’s derby surrounded an exchange between Red Devils star Bruno Fernandes and Man City boss Pep Guardiola.
With 5 minutes remaining in normal time, the pair exchanged some heated words on the sideline, before Fernandes placed his finger to his lips to shush Guardiola.
Bruno Fernandes really told Pep Guardiola to shut up and enjoy the match 🤣 pic.twitter.com/UREvwjPV2o
— DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) March 10, 2020
The actions of United’s January addition understandably resulted in Fernandes once again being showered in praise by the Red Devils’ faithful, though question marks remained over what had actually led to the exchange.
But, as outlined above, any and all speculation surrounding the incident has this evening been put to bed by none other than Fernandes himself.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, the Portuguese international was drawn on his actions, with Fernandes having revealed that a seemingly-unnecessary remark on Guardiola’s part left him feeling as though the Man City boss ‘didn’t deserve his respect at that moment’:
‘Some people think ”Pep won everything.. Who is Bruno to do this to him?”. But at that moment, the words he tells me make me mad.’
‘I have respect for Pep and for what he wins and what he did for football.’
‘But he didn’t respect me, so he doesn’t deserve my respect at that moment on the pitch.’