Bruno Fernandes has stated that arguments between Manchester United teammates on the field are limited to that, citing recent events involving Tyrell Malacia and Harry Maguire.
Jadon Sancho scored in the first half to give United their third consecutive Premier League victory at the King Power Stadium earlier this month. United dominated for lengthy periods against Brendan Rodgers’ side and should have been out of sight by halftime.
During the second half, Fernandes got into a verbal spat with Malacia, who was making his third start for the club, when the Dutchman failed to pass him the ball.
“I said, ‘Ty, just put your head up and look to the other side,” Fernandes told The Athletic. He was furious because I was speaking to him.
“However, he didn’t get what I was saying. At the end of the game, I approached him and calmly placed my hands on his head, saying, ‘When I talk to you, I’m not shouting at you in a nasty way, I’m just asking you to switch the play.’ ‘Yes, sorry, I was just weary,’ he answered.”
Fernandes, on the other hand, recognizes that the situation is reciprocal and that there will be times in the future when Malacia is the one shouting at him and giving him orders.
“In other games, he’ll be shouting at me, and that’s fine with me,” Fernandes stated. “I recall playing in the Europa League with ‘H’ (Harry Maguire) against Copenhagen [in the 2019/20 season].”
“We were defending, and I tried to keep possession of the ball and take on a defender.” I dropped the ball, and he yelled at me, ‘Bruno, hold the ball!’ ‘Don’t shout!’ I said, exhausted. During the first half of extra time, I approached him and apologized for interrupting him. During games, there is stress, there is passion, you miss the ball, or he [a teammate] does not run. It becomes a little fervent.
“However, nobody is doing it in a terrible way.” I never do it maliciously — just when I observe someone failing to pass the ball in a two-on-one situation with the goalie.”