A Manchester United insider is said to have given an insight into a furious half-time row between Bruno Fernandes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the humiliating 6-1 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
Fernandes gave United the perfect start with a typically composed penalty to give the Reds the lead inside two minutes.
But, to the Portuguese playmaker’s despair, Solskjaer’s men found themselves 4-1 down at the interval after an almighty collapse.
Fernandes was one of two sacrificed at the break as Solskjaer brought on Scott McTominay and Fred in the hope of preventing a further embarrassing scoreline against Jose Mourinho’s side.
According to sources connected with the Mirror, Fernandes reacted angrily to his side’s first-half efforts, laying into his teammates for unacceptable performances.
“We are supposed to be Manchester United!” a source claimed Fernandes said.
“You couldn’t help but hear him,” another said.
“He was clearly in a rage after having a face like thunder when he raced down the tunnel.
“He 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.
“There were other raised voices, but his was the one which seemed to carry the main force.”
In reality, it would be concerning if players weren’t incandescent with reprehensible individual efforts of others after a showing that shamed the club.
Fernandes wears his heart on his sleeve and it’s unsurprising that he expressed his emotions at half-time.
It is unclear how far Fernandes challenged Solskjaer regarding his tactics but perhaps this lead to his substitution.