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‘Absolutely right’ – Man Utd legend Gary Neville gives verdict on Bruno Fernandes’ reaction to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Gary Neville defended Bruno Fernandes’ gesture (Picture: Getty)

Gary Neville says Bruno Fernandes was ‘absolutely right’ to defend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from criticism from Manchester United fans after their defeat to Watford.

United suffered a 4-1 defeat to the Hornets at Vicarage Road on Saturday in what proved to be the Norwegian’s last game in charge with the club parting ways with their former player on Sunday morning.

Tensions were running high at full-time as a dejected Solskjaer and his players headed over to the travelling fans.

Solskjaer looked to apologise to supporters who were understandably frustrated but Fernandes was spotted gesturing with his hands to tell fans they shouldn’t be blaming the manager, instead it was a collective responsibility.

United legend Neville was asked about the incident on Sunday and said: ‘In terms of Bruno going over to the fans and saying it’s not all on Ole, I think that’s absolutely right.

‘Seven or eight weeks ago there was euphoria at Old Trafford and it’s just deteriorated.

‘I’ve never been there in a dressing room where the players have felt so drained in confidence.

‘I don’t think they are players who don’t care. I don’t buy that.

‘I think they’re a good group of lads. They’ve looked rudderless on the pitch, rudderless off the pitch.’

Bruno Fernandes went over to the away fans at full-time (Picture: Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer had a different view of Fernandes’ actions though, branding it ’embarrassing.

Speaking on Match of the Day, Shearer took issue with the midfielder’s antics and claimed that the squad in general ‘don’t want the manager’ and have ‘lost respect’ for him.

‘Well that’s pretty embarrassing I think from Bruno Fernandes because they’ve got the chance to save the manager’s back in the performance that they put in,’ Shearer said.

‘So for him to say, “Don’t just blame the manager, blame all the players” – absolutely they should [blame] the players because it’s quite clear from their attitude, from their performance that the players don’t want the manager.

‘They’ve stopped running for their manager, they’ve lost respect for the manager and you have a player coming out and saying, “They didn’t know what to do with the ball”. Well that does lie at the manager’s feet because that’s no plan, no tactics.

‘But the players can go out, the players can run around, they can have effort, they can have attitude and they had none of that. So that tells you what they think of the manager.

‘That’s not the first time we’ve seen players stop running for their manager and it won’t be the last time. That is football, unfortunately.’


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