Bruno Fernandes has been slammed by pundit Chris Sutton for his actions during Manchester United’s defeat to Liverpool.
The Red Devils produced an historically-poor performance at Anfield, losing 7-0 to one of their biggest rivals, crashing back down to earth after an impressive couple of months. Fernandes grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons during the evening clash, putting his hand on a match official and seemingly throwing in the towel early in the game.
One clip, in particular, showed Fernandes getting beaten by Stefan Bajcetic, leading to the Portuguese star stopping the chase, throwing up his hands and all-but giving up. There were also reports that Fernandes asked to be substituted during the game, though that claim has since been denied.
On the back of the performance, BBC pundit Sutton has claimed United should strip Fernandes of his captaincy, writing: “That was a standout moment. However bad United were, you cannot just let someone run away from you and give up. That’s what the captain of Manchester United did - and that’s a bad look.
“I don’t think he has any real arguments if he does get stripped of the captaincy,” he added. “I think Bruno’s days have to be numbered.”
Ten Hag has been ruthless in his approach this season, sacking Cristiano Ronaldo and also dropping Marcus Rashford at one point this season after the England international missed a team meeting. That’s the sort of tough approach Sutton wants the Dutchman to take with Fernandes after United’s embarrassing night at Anfield.
“The way Ten Hag has dealt with Rashford, Ronaldo, it’s a situation he needs to get a grip of,” added the pundit. “Ten Hag has no option but to let him know who is boss.”
Fortunately for Fernandes, it seems he won’t receive any punishment for the incident with the official, but whether he will get the call-up to play against Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday is another question.