Manchester United succumbed to yet another heavy defeat on the road on Saturday evening, with four goals separating Brighton and Ralf Rangnick’s side.
The embarrassing defeat leaves United on just 58 points with one game remaining, ensuring that a worst-ever Premier League finish in terms of accumulated points is a fact. Their previous worst finish was the 2013/14 season under David Moyes, where they finished on 64 points.
Bruno Fernandes, who was seen as United’s messiah prior to this season, signed a new contract earlier this year and has delivered his verdict on Manchester United’s future as a club following the 4-0 defeat, insisting that ‘many things’ need to be fixed.
Fernandes was refreshingly blunt in his assessment of United, admitting that he agreed with fans who chanted ‘You are not fit to wear the shirt’ at the underperforming United stars.
“A little bit of everything [went wrong]. Quality. Mentality. They deserved to win and we deserve to be in the position we are in now. It’s something that we have to look and be embarrassed because that was not good enough from us and we have to do much better.
“I don’t want to talk about the future, we have still one game this season and we have to win. I talked with the club about the future many times before I signed my contract because I think the future can be good, but obviously many things need to be fixed, as we have seen this season.”
When pressed further on his reaction to the fans chanting ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’, Fernandes suggested he agrees with the traveling support: “I include myself in that. What we did today, what I did today, was not enough to be in a Man Utd shirt and I accept it.”
Very little is surprising to Manchester United fans these days and although a 4-0 defeat is disgraceful, it’s more deflating than anything else at this point.
The lack of quality in the squad is common knowledge at this point and nothing the players say is going to change that but the honesty from Fernandes will be appreciated.
Despite his own poor campaign, Fernandes has never been one of the players accused of giving up and he’s highly likely to be a vital cog in Erik ten Hag’s machinery.