Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has strongly denied that his relationship with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has deteriorated.
Reports on Monday claimed that Fernandes has lost faith in Solskjaer and is angry at the club’s recent transfers.
Journalist Duncan Castles purported that the Portugal midfielder feels his manager is unfit to lead United in the coming seasons.
Following Portugal’s win over Sweden on Wednesday, however, Fernandes made a point of addressing the claims.
The 26-year-old also referenced how previous incidents, such as a fracas with Victor Lindelof during last season’s Europa League, have impacted on the latest claims.
He told Sport TV: “There’s been a lot of speculation about that. First it was a discussion with team-mates, as it did not stick, it was a discussion with only one team-mate [Victor Lindelof], as it did not stick now, it is the discussion with Solskjaer.
“I believe it is a way to destabilise the group. What was said is in no way true.”
Fernandes went on to hit back at claims that he was angry with Solskjaer for substituting him midway through the 6-1 defeat to Tottenham.
“I was replaced at half-time, it is true, by technical option,” the midfielder said. “The coach told me that the game was almost over and that we would have a lot of games ahead of us.
“Got it. I was not satisfied but said nothing that could harm the group.”
He continued: “Do not use my name, my colleagues or the coach to make trouble at Manchester United.
“The atmosphere is good and the team is ready to give an answer in the next game [against Newcastle United].”
United have questions to answer
United head into Saturday’s clash with Newcastle having won only one of three Premier League games this season.
As well as Fernandes, the spotlight will also be on defender and captain Harry Maguire. The England international’s poor form continued on Wednesday when he received a red card against Denmark.
Meanwhile, David de Gea has again been criticised for his role in Spain’s 1-0 defeat to Ukraine on Tuesday.