Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes says it was “normal” that he launched into an angry exchange with teammate Victor Lindelof after conceding a costly goal against Sevilla.
Footage showed the pair in a heated argument after Luuk de Jong gave Sevilla the lead in Sunday’s Europa League semi-final.
It is unclear what was said by both players but, speaking after the game, Fernandes outlined the importance of the exchange.
“It is normal when you concede a goal, everyone was mad,” the Portuguese told BT Sport.
“It was not about me or Victor, what happened is nothing. It was normal, it is about looking out for each other. It will happen in a lot more teams too.
“We need to watch the mistakes everyone made.”
Several defensive lapses from United led to De Jong’s goal. Harry Maguire and Lindelof were in the wrong positions, allowing the Dutch striker time to reach a well-aimed cross.
What’s more, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was out of position and did not stick with De Jong in the box.
The third goal of the match completed Sevilla’s turnaround after Fernandes gave United the lead after eight minutes.
Sevilla defender Diego Carlos brought Marcus Rashford down, allowing Fernandes to score from 12 yards.
The Spanish side had a constant goal threat and equalised through Suso, before the decisive second-half strike. However, United did have a catalogue of chances to make it 2-1 themselves early on in the second half.
The result brings United’s long season to an end while Sevilla will play either Inter Milan or Shakhtar Donetsk in the final.
SOLSKJAER RUES MISSED CHANCES
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his side should have taken one of their many second-half chances.
Anthony Martial was a serious threat but he could not convert. Mason Greenwood also had a shot saved by goalkeeper Bono.