Fernandes appeared to aim a subtle dig at Harry Maguire as Cristiano Ronaldo’s influence becomes more evident.
In the wake of rumors of discord in Manchester United’s dressing room, Bruno Fernandes has delivered a cryptic message.
Behind the scenes at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo and captain Harry Maguire are locked in a power battle.
Fernandes’ most recent social media comments have done little to quell the rumors.
It comes as Ronaldo’s influence at the club has grown after he was credited with pressuring the club to make a transfer reversal.
Under previous manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ronaldo’s countryman Diogo Dalot appeared to be on his way out of the club, but has become ‘untouchable’ under Ralf Rangnick.
The Portuguese full-back has now revealed what has helped him achieve such a stunning turnaround at United, with Ronaldo’s assistance being one of the crucial factors, according to the player.
Fernandes wades in
Bruno Fernandes, a Manchester United midfielder, has weighed in with comments that have done little to quell rumours of a schism among the club’s players.
Ralf Rangnick, United’s interim manager, has reportedly asked Cristiano Ronaldo to train the club’s younger players, causing friction with the club’s captain Harry Maguire.
Bruno Fernandes’ new Instagram comments have done little to quell speculation of Manchester United locker room strife.
The Portugal international uploaded a picture of himself between central defenders Eric Bailly and Raphael Varane accompanied with a caption that read: “Feeling very safe between these two.”
Fans have suggested that Fernandes has revealed his favoured United defensive partnership – and Harry Maguire is nowhere in sight.
The post has even been seen by some as a subtle dig at Maguire amid the ongoing reports of turmoil behind the scenes at Old Trafford.
The snap along with that message, further hints at the escalating turmoil within the dressing room, with Maguire said to feel marginalised in terms of his authority and suggestions that factions are forming – including, most notably, a Portuguese-speaking clique, lead by Ronaldo.
Many fans on social media have already commented that Fernandes’ caption seems to suggest he prefers both Bailly and Varane as defenders over his current captain – whose recent form has led to questions over his position not just as captain, but in the side’s defence.
Indeed, coming just hours after the news of the growing tension, Fernandes’ upload could be interpreted as a subtle shot at Maguire.