The Manchester United midfielder believes that too much is being read into harmless social media posts in the wake of reports of rifts growing inside the Old Trafford camp.
Bruno Fernandes has denied accusations that a photograph and comment he shared on social media may be interpreted as a jab at Manchester United captain Harry Maguire.
There has been a lot of chatter at Old Trafford recently about the alleged emergence of rifts inside the Red Devils camp, with questions being raised about whether Cristiano Ronaldo should captain the squad while others struggle for form.
Fernandes stoked those fires when he shared a photo of himself practicing alongside Eric Bailly and Raphael Varane, with the Portugal international stating that he was “feeling very safe” between the two centre-halves who are vying for game time with Maguire.
What was said?
After witnessing an unjustified backlash against an innocent message, Fernandes told Premier League Productions: “Honestly, I believe that people question everything at this club.” Each week, we feature a different story.
“I shared an Instagram photo of myself with Rapha and Eric and captioned it, ‘I feel quite secure in the center with these two.’
“By’security,’ I mean that if [someone] comes, they act as my bodyguards. And they said that I was hurling something at Maguire.
“However, Maguire was not the only defender not included in the photograph. [Victor] Lindelof and Phil Jones were not in the photograph.
“People want to criticize and fabricate stories about us, but what matters most is that we stick together and perform our duties on the pitch.”
“Obviously, everyone is overjoyed with H, since it’s been quite difficult being in his position throughout the last period. To be honest, we all have a few terrible games.
“And when we don’t win, it’s not because H or Bruno aren’t performing well; it’s because the team isn’t performing well.”
“For us, the dressing room is not a place to point fingers, but rather a place to process how we get out of difficult situations.”
Who else in the Manchester United camp has spoken out?
Maguire replied to suggestions of divisions within United by saying: “I’ve seen a lot of untrue reports about this club.”
Five-time Ballon d’Or laureate Ronaldo has lashed out at the “noise” made by those outside the United camp, while Marcus Rashford has questioned the rift rumors, saying: “Are we just making it up as we go along now then?” Please halt your search for divisions.”
Interim boss Ralf Rangnick has also weighed in on the subject, stating categorically that he has no plans to relieve Maguire of leadership responsibilities.
“He [Maguire] is our captain, and I see no reason to change that,” he stated.
“Like all other players, he is also a player who must develop and improve.”
Maguire captained United in their most recent Premier League match against Leeds, scoring the opening goal in a 4-2 victory at Elland Road.