Bruno ‘not the same player’ with Ronaldo at Man Utd claims ex-striker

Jason Soutar
Bruno Fernandes speaks with Cristiano Ronaldo

Andy Cole believes Bruno Fernandes is not the “same player” he was before Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United last summer.

Bruno has scored five and assisted nine in 24 appearances this season. The attacking midfielder managed 40 goals and 25 assists in his 80 matches prior to this term.

He has undoubtedly slowed down since the arrival of Ronaldo in August last year, and club legend Cole has discussed the 27-year-old’s dip in form.

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“It’s been funny at the moment. Ronaldo’s come back and it’s like [Bruno’s] whole game has changed,” the former striker told Premier League Productions.

“I looked at him this season, since Ronaldo’s come back and he hasn’t been the same player he was last season.

“And you look at that and think – why? He has the quality, he shouldn’t worry about whether Ronaldo’s in the team because they’re both quality players who want the same thing.

“But his form has changed since Ronaldo has come back.”

Man Utd’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick could be facing his first crisis as manager after the Mirror reported on Tuesday that ‘as many as 11 players’ want to leave the club.

The Red Devils suffered their first defeat under the German on Monday, losing 1-0 at home to Wolves.

The report says ‘as many as 11 players want to leave the club after becoming disillusioned with life at United’ and that ‘an increasing number of players marginalised under Solskjaer are suffering the same treatment under Rangnick’.

Furthermore, ‘many of the players are underwhelmed by Rangnick’s coaching, not impressed by his tactics and disappointed by the quality of his assistants’. The German’s job as manager being on a temporary basis has also weakened his position.

Jesse Lingard, Donny van de Beek, Dean Henderson and Eric Bailly are four players reportedly unhappy at their lack of chances under Rangnick.

The ‘resentment’ of these players is ‘threatening the unity and harmony of the dressing room’, the report adds.