BRUNO FERNANDES has slammed Manchester United’s defending and claims they need to do more to protect David De Gea in goal.
The Portuguese playmaker, 27, spoke to the club’s media after their disappointing 2-0 defeat to Manchester City this afternoon.
Bruno Fernandes has four goals and three assists for Man Utd in the league so far this seasonCredit: MatchDay Images Limited
And he claimed that if not for De Gea’s vital saves, the margin of their defeat could have been much worse.
Fernandes said: “It’s always a bad time to concede a goal but the problem is the way we concede goals. It’s too easy.
“As I said, many, many times, if not for David, the result could be much higher and worse for us.
“We have to protect David better. Because he is protecting us a lot and we have to help him.
“He cannot make, every game, eight [or] nine saves and still concede goals.”
De Gea was called into action several times in the first half, making excellent saves to keep out efforts from Joao Cancelo and Gabriel Jesus.
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But the Spaniard was at fault for City’s second goal, when he fumbled Bernardo Silva’s close range effort, allowing the ball to sneak past him into the net.
Fernandes also apologised to the fans after the game and thanked them for their support during the defeat.
He said: “We just have to apologise to the fans and that’s it. It was not good enough from us.
“It was a great atmosphere they created and they pushed us until the end. They gave that energy to us but, from us, it was not enough.”
United next take on Watford at Old Trafford in two weeks, having failed to win in their last four in the league at Old Trafford – losing three.
They also take on Chelsea and Arsenal in a run of crucial games the coming weeks and will have the upcoming international break to regroup and refocus.
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About the long wait until their next game, Fernandes said: “Yeah, it will be long but now it’s time for everyone to focus on the national team.
“The ones who stay here try to work hard, recover well and be ready for the games that are coming.”
The defeat adds to the immense pressure piling on top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has been under huge scrutiny since United’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.
Sky Sports asked the Norwegian after the game whether he felt he was living on borrowed time as United boss, but Solskjaer denied feeling under threat.
He said: “I have a good communication all the time with the club. That’s very upfront and honest about the situation.
“I work for Man United and I want the best for Man United. As long as I’m here I want to do what I can to improve this, and that’s going back to what we looked like.”
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