Manchester United are made to look “vulnerable” by Bruno Fernandes according to a former Manchester City star, as the debate over captaincy rolls on at Old Trafford
Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has been warned that his antics are making the team appear vulnerable, as issues continue to flood the dressing room.
Club captain Harry Maguire has been under scrutiny this season after a rocky period in the United team, and Mirror Football exclusively revealed on Thursday night that there is growing friction in the dressing room.
There are reports that Cristiano Ronaldo and Maguire are locking horns over power after interim boss Ralf Rangnick asked the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to mentor the younger players.
Amid an ongoing captaincy row at the club, Fernandes has also been warned, as United have been accused of not ‘sticking together’.
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Reports have emerged that Maguire could hand over his captaincy to Ronaldo for the remainder of the season, as the 37-year-old stands out as the obvious role model within the dressing room.
Maguire is understandably against the idea of relinquishing his role as club captain, but the latest issue is just the latest problem to have been leaked from the United dressing room, and former Manchester City star Micah Richards has brutally said it’s time for them to ‘grow up’.
It seems as though more leaks come out of United’s dressing room than any other in the Premier League at this moment in time, and Richards is ‘flabbergasted’ by the frequency at which negativity is pouring out of the club.
Richards wrote in his column for the Daily Mail : “The idea that things could leak out of a dressing room — and be detrimental to your own club — is a concept I cannot get my head around.
“It is why I am flabbergasted by the constant cycle of news that keeps coming out of Manchester United, one that consistently puts them in a bad light.”
Richards also pointed the finger at the players for not sticking together, and highlighted Fernandes’ actions for making United look weak: “It feels like every decision they make creates another problem or someone will do something that presents an opportunity for people to speak negatively about the club.
“If Ronaldo storms off at the end or shows discontent at being substituted, as an example, surely he knows the headlines it creates.
“When Fernandes dashes off on his own to try to win the ball back, then throws his arms up if someone has not followed him, can’t he see it gives opponents a sense United are vulnerable?
“By all means lose your temper behind closed doors but surely you stick together in public. It really is time everyone started to pull in the right direction.”
United face a tough away trip to Leeds on Sunday, and they know that a win is vital to keep them in the top four, with West Ham favourites to beat Newcastle at the London Stadium, and Arsenal are only four points behind, but with three games in hand on the Red Devils.