Bruno Fernandes has denied reports suggesting an image and caption he posted on social media could be seen as a dig at Manchester United captain Harry Maguire.
There has been a lot of speculation at Old Trafford recently over the supposed emergence of rifts in the Red Devils side, with questions raised over whether Cristiano Ronaldo should lead the team as others struggle for form.
Fernandes fanned those flames by sharing a photo of him working with Eric Bailly and Raphael Varane in training, with the Portugal international saying he ‘felt very safe’ between two centre-halves who are vying with Maguire for time of game.
What was said?
After seeing an innocent message trigger an unnecessary reaction, Fernandes said Premier League productions“Honestly, I think people question everything at this club. Every week we have a new story about something.
“I posted a picture on Instagram where I was with Rapha and Eric and said, ‘I feel very safe in the middle with those two.’
“That is to say, ‘security’ as if [someone] come they are like my bodyguards. And people were complaining that I was throwing something at Maguire.
“But Maguire wasn’t the only defender who wasn’t pictured. [Victor] Lindelof was not in the photo, Phil Jones was not in the photo.
“People want to complain and want to fuss around us, but the most important [thing] is that we stick together and do our job on the ground.
“Obviously everyone is really happy with H because it’s really hard to be in his place in the last half. Honestly, we all have bad games.
“And when we don’t win, it’s not because H isn’t playing well, or Bruno isn’t playing well, it’s because the team isn’t playing well and they’re not working the good manner.
“For us, inside the locker room, that’s not where we blame anybody, but [to] understand how we get out of bad situations.”
Who else has spoken in the Man Utd camp?
Maguire responded to the splits talk at United saying: “I’ve seen a lot of reports about this club that aren’t true.”
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo tackled the ‘noise’ that continues to be generated by those outside of United’s camp, while Marcus Rashford said of the breakup discussion : “Are we making it up as we go along now then? Please stop looking for divides.
Interim boss Ralf Rangnick has also joined the debate, with the German making it clear he has no intention of removing Maguire from his managerial duties.
He said, “He [Maguire] is our captain and I see no reason to change that.
“He’s also a player who needs to develop and improve like all the other players.”
Maguire led United in their last Premier League outing against Leeds, with the England international defender scoring the Red Devils’ first goal in a 4-2 win at Elland Road.