Why Cristiano Ronaldo & Bruno Fernandes did not connect at Manchester United

Bruno Fernandes’ form dipped off during the 2021/22 season.

Fernandes has been one of the most important players for Manchester United since his arrival from Sporting, playing a key role in them securing Champions League football.

However, when Cristiano Ronaldo joined the club, Fernandes became somewhat of an afterthought.

But now Ronaldo has left United, Fernandes is beginning to find form again.

The 28-year-old has scored three and assisted three in his last six league outings.

And now, Rio Ferdinand has explained why the Portuguese duo did not connect.

Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five YouTube channel: “There are some players where their game just does not connect and I think Cristiano and Bruno... Bruno was just better when he was not there or not in the team. I think that might be because Bruno needs to be the guy that the game goes through, and I think the problem with Cristiano Ronaldo is because of his reputation and how good he is, people feel that they need to find him.

“I have played in teams where you have got a great No.9 and your first look is the No.9. “When they are that good, you do look beyond everybody else and I had like [Paul] Scholesy and [Michael] Carrick in front of me. Sometimes I looked past them first. But Bruno wants the first look and says, ‘Give me the first look, as I want to be the guy who plays the ball to define the game’.

“If he wasn’t getting that first look, maybe he became a bit disinterested, I don’t know, and it didn’t suit him. You are seeing the best of him now because the game seems to be going through him more often than not at Man United.”

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Josh Barker

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