Bruno Fernandes believes he benefits from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s anger if he underperforms at Manchester United.
Fernandes has become the creative fulcrum in Solskjaer’s team since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon 12 months ago and his presence in the dressing room is vital.
The Portuguese playmaker has made United improbable title contenders this season with his totemic impact on the pitch and elite mentality off it.
It is clear that Fernandes demands the best from himself and his teammates but he has also lifted the lid on how Solskjaer can generate a positive reaction from his players.
“I think he’s been really mad at me twice.
“It’s not so much, I’ve played 54 games now. During those fights he has been angry with me twice, it’s not bad, so I’m happy with that.
“But I think it’s important. Sometimes he has to be calm, other times he has to scream and yell at his players. It’s about how to get the best out of the players.
“For me, it works well that he is angry sometimes. I do not want to be such a player no one demands.
“I want both him and my teammates to make demands on me when I do not do the right things.”
Fernandes has frustrated some in recent weeks but was shone in United’s 9-0 thrashing of Southampton on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old starts against Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton at Old Trafford this evening and will be hoping to have a similar impact to the one in the reverse fixture that finished 3-1 to United in November.
Paul Pogba returns alongside Scott McTominay in the midfield axis and United are otherwise unchanged.