Marcus Rashford has opened the lid on his relationship with Bruno Fernandes.
The Manchester United midfielder has fallen victim to a social media witch-hunt this week.
Fernandes’ antics during the dismal Liverpool defeat were incredibly frustrating for supporters, and even more so to rival fans and neutrals. However, is it really that deep?
He has been United’s midfield maestro since his arrival and in times when the club have been going through turmoil, Fernandes has been one glimmer of hope in a deflated squad.
The Portugal international’s leadership qualities were always ever-present whether he donned the captain’s armband or not; his ongoing inclusion and advice to younger players of the squad, his efforts across the pitch – whether it’s in attack or defence, and his unwavering love for the badge.
In recent years, he has been one of few players who has always looked fit to wear the shirt.
Rashford on Fernandes
When asked about his relationship with Fernandes, Rashford responded (via the club website): “I love playing with Bruno, as you can imagine. I think for a forward like me, he’s the perfect player to play with. I think he’s been a good leader for us, even when he’s not been captain, which is always a good sign. He’s helped other players become better leaders. The reality of it is, we can’t be a well-organised team with just one leader being the captain. So he has done a lot for us in terms of bringing his leadership skills in and that was from the moment that he arrived.
“I don’t have anything negative to say about Bruno. Like the manager said: nobody is perfect. Sometimes you want to win so bad you end up doing things that are a little bit out of character. But listen, I 100 per cent support Bruno and I am behind him. As a team we have to support him because he is a fantastic player and like the boss said, we wouldn’t be in the position that we are in if he wasn’t playing games for us.”