Bruno Fernandes was reportedly very unhappy at being substituted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during Manchester United’s 6-1 loss to Tottenham last weekend.
United suffered their joint-worst defeat of the Premier League era on Sunday as they were completely shown up at Old Trafford.
The entire Red Devils side were off the pace, as shown by the resounding 4-1 score at half-time.
Trailing, Solskjaer looked to mix things up at half-time, and made two substitutions, including hooking Fernandes for Fred.
The surprise move raised eyebrows, but none more so than the Portuguese playmaker himself, it would appear.
According to The Athletic, Fernandes was fuming at being taken off for the more defensive-minded Fred, having been extremely vocal throughout the first half.
It’s thought that the club’s best player in recent months was substituted to allow for a more counter-attacking system, while Nemanja Matic was also taken off for Scott McTominay to form a more mobile duo in midfield.
Defending Fernandes’ anger, one source explained: “I don’t think anyone would be pleased getting taken off because it looks to the world like it’s your fault.”
Meanwhile, another added: “Bruno can be direct but in this case, he has three games coming with the national team and the impression was that Ole wanted to save him and protect him from getting too frustrated on the field.”
Another United source added that Solskjaer was understandably fuming at full-time, stating: “In the dressing room, of course everyone was so massively disappointed and Ole was angry.
“The players had to go quite quickly, which was good for them. They had to leave for international duty straight away.
“Normally you have a mixed zone (where players talk to journalists on the way out of the stadium) to walk through, your family is there, and it is all more dramatic after a defeat like that. But in these times, it is quite solemn and lonely.”
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