Bruno Fernandes explains why he told Pep Guardiola to shut up

  • Rob Swan

Bruno Fernandes has exceeded expectations since joining Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in January.

The Portuguese midfielder had a big reputation, but there were no guarantees that he’d be able to produce the goods at Old Trafford – especially straight away.

Man Utd have signed a host of big-name players during the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era and not all of them have succeeded. In fact, the majority have flopped.

But Fernandes has hit the ground running, scoring two goals and providing three assists in his first six appearances.

The Red Devils haven’t lost a single game since he joined the club and his performances saw him pick up United’s Player of the Month award for February.

Fernandes further endeared himself to the United fans with his actions during United’s 2-0 win over local rivals Manchester City last weekend.

He provided a glorious assist for Anthony Martial, who broke the deadlock after half-hour, and then told Pep Guardiola to shut up in the second half.

This went down extremely well with United fans on social media.

Seeing their new hero shushing Man City’s manager filled them all with joy.

If you still haven’t seen the incident, watch it here…

The 25-year-old has no explained why he told Guardiola to shut up in an interview with Sky Sports.

He revealed that Guardiola made a disrespectful comment that made him ‘mad’.

“I spoke about this with some friends. Some people think ‘Pep’s won everything, so who is Bruno to do this to him?’ but I think it’s about respect,” Fernandes explained.

“Now I’m outside of the pitch, I don’t think I’d do this again. But at that moment, the words he said to me made me mad, and on the pitch I’m a little bit… nervous. This is the kind of player I am.

“I have respect for Pep for what he’s done for football, because he changed some mentalities in football, but at that moment he didn’t respect me and so he didn’t deserve me respect at that moment on the pitch.

“But for me it doesn’t matter.”

Watch Bruno’s interview here…

In the same interview, Fernandes also sang his own Man Utd chant…

What a guy.

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