Manchester United news: Bruno Fernandes has opened up on not shying away from displaying emotion on the pitch.
Fernandes often expresses his emotions – be that frustration or celebration – on the pitch and the midfielder complaining and protesting at referee’s decisions are a constant fixture in Man Utd games since his arrival.
The Portuguese international has riled up opponents on several occasions. Fernandes’ attitude on the pitch has not gone down well with everyone, with some critical of the midfielder.
Gary Neville once criticized Fernandes for his attitude, claiming the 28-year-old was ‘whinging’ during Man Utd’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United last season.
Manchester United news: Fernandes opens up on playing with emotion
Fernandes has now opened up about playing with emotions, stating that he feels alive when he does so.
The Portuguese midfielder said what we see on the pitch is a Fernandes who is passionate for the game and won’t give away anything. He insisted that he will fight with his opponents on the pitch even if they are his friends off it.
Fernandes added he does not feel alive when he does not display his emotion and when he is quiet.
“It’s who I am,” he told The Athletic. “What you see on the pitch is the Bruno who is passionate for the game, who will not give anything away.”
He added: “I can even fight with somebody who is my friend away from the pitch. I play against Wolves and there are many Portuguese players (in the Molineux squad) but if I have to kick them, I will kick them. If I have to moan at them, I will.”
Fernandes’ Man Utd career
Meanwhile, Fernandes has been playing for Man Utd since joining the Premier League side in January 2020. Fernandes instantly hit the ground running at Man Utd, scoring 12 goals in his first 22 appearances for the Red Devils.
He maintained his high standards next season as Man Utd finished second in the Premier League points table. Fernandes featured in 58 games across all competitions for Man Utd that season, and scored 28 goals.
Fernandes saw a dip in his form in the 2021/22 season as the struggled to match the standards he had set in the previous seasons. He ended the campaign with 10 goals from 46 matches – a no mean but a considerable drop nevertheless.
He is a key player for Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag, and has featured in all eight games they have played so far this season.