Fernandes hints at Solskjaer rift after admitting he ‘can’t control’ key trait

Sam Charlton

Bruno Fernandes has revealed that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told him to change one key aspect of his game. 

The Portuguese midfielder impressed in the second half of last season after joining United from Sporting Lisbon for £46.6million.

His form inspired the Red Devils’ charge into the Champions League places. They won nine and drew five of their 14 games with Fernandes in the side.

He has received plenty of praise for the impact he made, with many now tipping him to make United title challengers once again.

However, his coach Solskjaer has identified one area of his game that he needs to improve upon next term.

Speaking to the club’s official website (via Goal) Fernandes explained: “I talk already with the manager and he says to me a lot of times ‘sometimes you do so many runs and some runs aren’t for you – you need to shout someone else to run, because after you are tired and, when you take the ball, you will not be fresh.’

“But it’s instinct, it’s part of my game. I can’t control this. I’m like this and I want to help the team every time.

“In the game, you don’t think, you just run. For me, that’s enough. I think the most important thing is to help the team and if you help the team it’s okay.”



Fernandes’ attacking style saw him score 12 goals and register eight assists in 22 games for United in all competitions.

But despite finding the net himself more often than setting a teammate up, Fernandes says he places more significance on being a creator in the team.

“It’s important to be in the goals, whether it’s doing assists or scoring, so, for me, it’s the same,” he continued.

“Of course, I enjoy assisting my team-mates because playing no.10 is the position you have to serve your team-mates.

“Sometimes, I look too much for them when I have the chance to shoot but I try always to serve them, because, normally, the strikers are there to score. For their confidence, scoring is important.

“A No.10 doesn’t need to score a lot to be confident. For them, it’s important. Since I arrived in Manchester, I try to serve more than score – but I have more goals than assists. That’s true!”

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