Bruno Fernandes riles against suggestion that Ten Hag will ‘tweak’ his style at Man Utd

Date published: Thursday 21st July 2022 9:22 - Sarah Winterburn

Bruno Fernandes not happy at being asked about risky style

Bruno Fernandes has defended his risky style of football after being asked whether new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will want to ‘tweak’ his style.

Fernandes likes to take risks with his football to create chances – only Trent Alexander-Arnold created more chances last season in the Premier League – and he clearly sees no reason to change under Ten Hag.

The former Ajax manager wants to change to a more possession-based style, but Fernandes does not see his style being at odds with those plans.

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“What do you mean ‘tweak’?” he said. “He wants me to do assists anyway, so I have to try it. I don’t understand that type of question of keeping the ball or whatever it is.

“I keep the ball when I think I have to keep it, I try a pass when I think I have to do it and sometimes it goes good, sometimes wrong.

“When it goes wrong, I know that shouldn’t be the one, but sometimes when you play in the 10 position you have only a few seconds to think and control the ball and make the pass.

“I understand that someone has his own opinion, but when I arrived in 2020 I was losing the same amount of balls in those six months and the year after I lost the same amount of balls, but I scored 28 goals, so people don’t complain.

“Last season, because I scored only 10, people start complaining, but I’m OK with that. I do my best. I always try to help my teammates. Obviously I will have to do what the coach demands from me.”

It certainly seems like he is still playing the usual Fernandes style in pre-season.

Fernandes also addressed the discipline expected under Ten Hag, welcoming the change so that lateness is punished and alcohol is banned in game weeks.

“We missed that for a while and discipline is important. Discipline is not only the way you play, the position that you have, what you have to do, it’s also off the pitch. Don’t be late for the meetings, don’t be late for the meals. That’s really important because if everyone is on time and someone comes late, he should be punished.

“That’s really good that he’s doing that and amazing, because I like to be on time, so I won’t have problems with that.”

Fernandes was also asked about Cristiano Ronaldo and said: “I don’t want to be involved in that. Obviously we have to respect the decision of everyone. I don’t know what Cristiano said to the club, to the manager, but we have to respect his space.

“Cristiano was our top scorer last season, he added goals, but it’s not on me, it’s the club that has to make the choices and Cristiano makes his own. I don’t know what’s going on in his head, if he wants to leave.

“The only thing I asked Cristiano, when he didn’t turn up, was if everything was OK with the family. He told me what was going on, that’s it and nothing more.”

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