Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has revealed why he gestured to Pep Guardiola during the Manchester derby. Fernandes impressed United fans when he made a shushing gesture to the Manchester City boss at Old Trafford last weekend.
And Fernandes has now said he didn’t think Guardiola showed him his due respect, and he made the motion.
The Portugal ace admits he wouldn’t do it again, but says his emotions took over in the heat of the moment.
“I talked about this with some friends and some people think ‘Pep won everything, who is Bruno to diss him?’, but I think it is about respect,” Fernandes told Sky Sports.
“Now, I think outside of the pitch I don’t do this again if I am on the pitch now. But, at that moment the words he told me made me mad, and on the pitch I am a little bit nervous, it is the kind of player I am.
“I have respect for Pep and what he won, and what he did for football because he changed some mentalities in football.
“But, at that moment he didn’t deserve my respect at that moment on the pitch.”
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Fernandes helped United secure a 2-0 win with the assist for Anthony Martial’s opener and has impressed since his January transfer from Sporting Lisbon.
United are back in contention for a Champions League spot and are just three points behind Chelsea with seven games to go.
However with uncertainty over the remainder of the season due to the coronavirus things could still change.
United face LASK in the Europa League tonight although that competition could be suspended next week when UEFA officials meet on Tuesday.
The virus has spread around the world and has caused chaos with the sporting calendar.
The Premier League remains scheduled to continue and no announcement has come regarding fans getting into the stadium.
Tonight’s match with the Austrian side is being played behind closed doors but Liverpool’s home match with Atletico Madrid was played as normal as is Rangers against Bayer Leverkusen tonight.
When asked about playing tonight’s game behind closed doors Solskjaer said: “We just have to handle it and create our own atmosphere and make sure we don’t get distracted by that. It’s always miles better to play with fans.
“It’s how football should be played.”
United face Tottenham on Sunday in what could be a crucial match for European qualification against former boss Jose Mourinho.
Tottenham’s European campaign finished on Tuesday with a brutal 3-0 defeat to RB Leipzig.
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