Fernandes recently posted a photo on social media that captured the attention of millions of people around the world. The post had a photo of Fernandes standing between Eric Bailly and Raphael Varane, with the caption:
“Feeling very safe between these two.”
As expected, many were quick to jump to conclusions after seeing the photo and thought that Fernandes preferred Bailly and Varane as his center-back pairing.
While a section of fans are busy speculating, the Manchester United no.18 has come forward and cleared the air. He claimed that the photo did not have any intention of throwing shade at Harry Maguire, as everyone at the club is happy with him.
When asked about his post containing two center-backs, Fernandes told Premier League Productions:
“Honestly, I think people question everything at this club. Every week we have a new story about something. I posted a photo on Instagram where I was with Rapha and Eric and I said, ‘I feel very secure in the middle with these two.’ ”Meaning, ‘security’ like if [someone] comes they are like my bodyguards. And people were complaining I was throwing something at Maguire. ”
Clarifying his stance, Fernandes added:
“But Maguire was not the only defender who was not in the photo. [Victor] Lindelof was not in the photo, Phil Jones was not in the photo. People want to complain and want to make stories around us, but the most important [thing] is that we stick together and do our jobs on the pitch. Obviously, everyone is really happy with H because it’s really tough being in his place in the last period. Honestly, we all have bad games. ”
“And when we don’t win it’s not because H is not playing well, or Bruno is not playing well, it’s because the team is not playing well and it’s not performing in the right way. For us inside the dressing room is not where we blame someone, but [to] understand how we come out of bad situations. ”
Both Fernandes and Maguire were on the scoresheet in Manchester United’s 4-2 win over Leeds United on Sunday. The win saw the Red Devils bolster their claim for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Manchester United face their biggest test yet on Wednesday night
Having garnered some confidence with an important win over Leeds United, Manchester United are set to travel to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.
The first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 encounter is upon them, and the Red Devils have to be on their toes to win this.
Ralf Rangnick’s side have not been consistent this season, but fortunately for them, they are finally starting to find their feet. If they can keep their shape at the back, press aggressively, and feed Cristiano Ronaldo in the final third, they could bag an important first-leg win.