Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes has reportedly grown disillusioned with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics, while he also believes that the squad improvements that were promised to him when he moved to Manchester United have also not been delivered.
The latest rumours of rumblings coming from Old Trafford involving Fernandes came from journalist Duncan Castles’ on his Transfer Window podcast.
Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani were two of four players snatched by the Manchester side on deadline day, but even those signings did not satisfy United fans who had set their eyes on bigger fish.
United were linked with English prodigy Jadon Sancho for most of the transfer window, but failed to pry him from Dortmund who refused to lower their £108m price tag on the former Man City starlet.
The playmaker reportedly went off at his teammates at half-time during the 6-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
It was also claimed that Fernandes was upset with Solskjaer for being substituted in the second-half.
“(Fernandes) laid into team-mates, accusing them of not upholding the proud name of Manchester United. He kept yelling, “We are supposed to be Manchester United. This shouldn’t be happening. It was clear that the manager also came under fire because he was going on about the wrong tactics,” an insider reportedly said.
According to Castles, Solskjaer is reportedly losing the battle in the Utd dressing room, hence Fernandes’ revolt.
“What I’m hearing, and this is coming from a source very close to the player, is that Fernandes’ opinion of Solskjaer is similar to that of other senior members of the team.
“He doesn’t feel like [Solskjaer] is strong enough to manage the squad. He feels he doesn’t have the capabilities to push the players they have forward in the direction they should go.”
In addition, Fernandes also felt that Utd’s summer spending fell well below expectations.
“On top of that, I understand Fernandes is angry with the club because what they did in the summer. It does not cohere with his expectations of what would happen when he arrived.
“They haven’t, in his view, signed players required to improve what is obviously a substandard squad. They’re not to the level where they can fight for titles against Manchester City, Liverpool and Europe in the Champions League. There is a discontent with the club and a discontent with the manager,” he said.