Bruno Fernandes appears to have taken inspiration from his Portuguese compatriot Jose Mourinho judging by his latest comments.
The Manchester United midfielder, like his teammates, has had a somewhat rocky start to the season, and he was taken off at half-time during his side’s humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham last weekend.
This prompted speculation that he had had a falling out with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, something Fernandes strongly denied while away on international duty.
Yet more interesting than his quotes on Solskjaer were the ones in which he seemed to channel his inner-Mourinho to attempt to create something of a siege mentality at United.
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Speaking to Brazilian outlet Esporte Interativo following Portugal’s 3-0 Nations League win over Sweden, Fernandes said on the rumours of his and Solskjaer’s clash: “If anyone wants to cause a conflict within Manchester it’s not me nor any teammate.
“They are outsiders, they want to create a bad atmosphere in the dressing room and they will not succeed, because the group is united and is focused on giving an important answer already in Newcastle.”
These words could have just as easily have come straight out of the mouth of Mourinho, who famously tends to create an ‘us against them’ atmosphere at any club he is in charge of.
Considering the barrage of criticism United have had to face since that humbling by Spurs, perhaps Fernandes – who is considered one of the main leaders of the team – feels the need to take control and turn the negative energy into something positive.
He gave further evidence of the idea that the whole squad are in it together when he added on the Spurs game: “It was obviously everyone’s fault, it wasn’t mine or a teammate’s or another’s.
“It wasn’t the coach’s fault, the coach is the same, the tactics are the same, the players are the same, so we can’t blame anyone but everyone in this case.”
There is quite clearly a united front at Old Trafford, and Fernandes is obviously attempting to ensure his teammates do not sulk and instead go out and prove all the doubters wrong against Newcastle on Saturday.
If they fail to do so, however, don’t be surprised to see further examples of Fernandes and co turning against outsiders.
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