Bruno Fernandes says Manchester United are guilty of making it “too easy” for opponents as the frustrated midfielder reflected on another disappointing performance against a top rival, as Man City won 2-0 at Old Trafford.
It was two weeks on from the 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool on our home turf and the performance wasn’t much better. This meant another rival came to Old Trafford and ultimately bullied us off the pitch.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under more pressure than ever from his own fan base, but there has been no movement from the club in terms of sacking him and firing a new manager. There is also a lack of candidates out there, with Antonio Conte recently taking over at Tottenham Hotspur.
Poor defending led to both goals and Eric Bailly’s own goal was typical of the Ivorian defender, who is rash at the best of times.
“Obviously everyone is frustrated about the result, about the performance too,” the Portuguese said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“We know we can do much better and we know this is not enough for a player who is representing this big club. We have to look at the mirror.
“I’m saying again the same things probably from the last interview, but that’s it.
“We have to look at ourselves, everyone at his home, understand what they can do better to help the team.
🗣"It's not good enough from us. We have to change because it's happened many times already."
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“We just have to apologise to the fans and that’s it because it was not good enough from us.
“Great atmosphere they create. They pushed us until the end, they tried to give that energy to us but from us it was not enough.”
Bailly’s own goal came just 7 minutes into the game and immediately put United on the back foot.
“It’s always a bad time to concede a goal,” Fernandes said. “The problem is the way we concede goals. It’s too easy.
“As I said many, many times, if was not David again the result could be much more higher and worse for us.
“We have to protect better, David, because he is protecting us a lot and we have to help him because he cannot make every game eight, nine saves and then still concede goals.”
Bruno Fernandes was able to lift the dressing room when he first joined the club from Sporting Lisbon, but something has changed this summer and his influence hasn’t been the same.
Perhaps it’s down to the way we are playing and how Solskjaer appears to be shoehorning players into positions rather than adapting to a truly effective style of football.
Fernandes isn’t wrong though.