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09th Mar 2023

Marcus Rashford talks about Bruno Fernandes’ attitude against Liverpool

Lee Costello

Rashford Fernandes

“Nobody’s perfect.”

Marcus Rashford shares his opinion on Bruno Fernandes’ attitude against Liverpool during Man United’s 7-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

The Red Devils suffered their biggest defeat in the history of their fierce rivalry against the Reds, despite being in top form heading into the game under the guidance of Erik ten Hag.

The United striker was quick to dismiss claims that his team had “give up” and is determined to put things right in their next game against Real Betis in the Europa League.

“We didn’t give up – that’s nonsense. We were unorganised, yeah. Communication was bad, yeah, that’s why we conceded the goals.

Rashford Fernandes

“But it comes down to the fact I believe that everyone was trying to get back into the game that much, we came away from the principles in and out of possession too much.

“I felt like the forwards were trying to press as just the forwards unit – we weren’t connected with the midfield. Then the same with the midfield and defence.

“We were trying to get a grip of the game when it was 2-0 and 3-0. We were talking but I don’t think we were really in agreement of what to do.

“Listen, it’s happened and the only thing we can do is learn from it and move on.

Rashford Fernandes

“So, I’m happy and grateful that we have another game quickly because we have an opportunity to take a step forward from the last game and put it behind us.”

Fernandes has been singled out as a player who allowed his emotions to get the better of him as he underperformed, dived, and constantly flung his arms around in petulance.

The Portuguese star was captain on the day, and there are claims that he asked to be substituted off but ten Hag refused to do it.

Rashford however, says that he “100% behind Bruno”.

Rashford Fernandes

“I love playing with Bruno, as you can imagine,” Rashford said. “I think, for a forward like me, he’s a perfect player to play with.

“He’s been a good leader for us even when he’s not been captain, which is always a good sign.

“He’s helped other players become better leaders and the reality of it is we can’t be a well-organised team with just one leader being the captain.

Rashford Fernandes

“He’s done a lot for us in terms of bringing his leadership skills in and that was from the moment he arrived (in January 2020).

“I don’t have anything negative to say about Bruno. Like the manager said, nobody’s perfect.

“Sometimes you want to win so bad you end up doing things that are a little bit out of character but, listen, I 100 per cent support Bruno and am behind him.

“I think as a team we have to support him because he’s a fantastic player and, like the boss said, we wouldn’t be in the position we’re in if he wasn’t playing games for us.”

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