Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has called “bad journalism” reports linking him to a move to Barcelona.
Fernandes quickly became a talismanic figure at Old Trafford following his departure from Sporting CP in January 2020, but suffered a major drop in form during the first half of the 2021-22 campaign.
The 27-year-old has only scored once in his last 14 Premier League outings and it has been suggested that he is one of many players who have grown unhappy at United as they occupy the seventh place in the standings, four points from the Champions League. places.
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What did Bruno Fernandes say?
Portuguese outlet SPORT TV reported that Fernandes was offered to Barca as his representatives sought to negotiate a January transfer for the midfielder.
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However, Fernandes stepped out to set the record straight in a direct response to Sport TV’s Instagram post, telling his followers, “And I thought the new year only started a few days ago. , yet we are already April 1st! Or is this bad journalism again? “It appears Sport TV has since deleted the post detailing the transfer rumor, along with Fernandes’ response.
He is not the only Manchester United team-mate to speak out against transfer rumors in January. Midfielder Fred was also shown to be strong, posting on Twitter: “Over the past few days I have read several fake news [articles] involving my name and other MUFC athletes, ”Fred wrote on social media Friday. “I’m not used to responding publicly to controversial things, but this time I’m going to have to. I just want to say that I am very happy here and I have never expressed dissatisfaction and the possibility of leaving the club. Don’t be fooled by fake news. We will continue to work with great dedication to pursue our goals. “
I just want to say that I am very happy here and I have never expressed dissatisfaction and the possibility of leaving the club. Don’t be fooled by fake news. We will continue to work with great dedication to pursue our goals.
– Fred Rodrigues (@ Fred08oficial) January 7, 2022
Marcus Rashford did the same, posting on Twitter: “I read something earlier that said I had been silent here, but what can I say that will make this better than showing you all on the pitch?”
“I’m not sulking, I’m not miserable,” Rashford continued. “My dedication and desire to be here should never be questioned. I love this club.”
The recent fights of Fernandes
Fernandes recorded 40 goals and 29 assists in his first and a half season with the Red Devils, helping them to finish second in the Premier League and reach a Europa League final in the process. However, the Portugal international has just five goals and nine assists under his belt in 24 outings so far this season and appears to have lost his clinical advantage in the final third of the pitch.
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The No.10 natural has found it extremely difficult to find room in interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s rigid 4-4-2 formation, which includes a deep midfield pivot and leaves Fernandes either on the wing where he has. struggled either on the bench. . Since Rangnick joined the club, Fernandes has only had two full 90-minute performances, instead of being substituted three times and left on the bench as a substitute once.
Fans are hopeful that interim manager Ralf Rangnick can start making the best of Fernandes again sooner rather than later, with his next chance to shine likely to come when United face Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round on Monday.