New Man Utd captain Bruno Fernandes still hasn’t forgiven Gary Neville over the criticism he received from the Red Devils legend last season, according to reports.
The Portugal international was heavily criticised by Neville and fellow pundit Roy Keane after the Red Devils’ embarrassing 7-0 defeat to Liverpool last season.
Man Utd produced a terrible second-half display, after only being 1-0 down at half-time, with Neville labelling Fernandes a “disgrace” for some of his body language following the interval.
Neville took issue with Fernandes, who was seen throwing his arms up in the air in frustration after 85 minutes as Anthony Elanga replaced Marcus Rashford.
The Man Utd legend said as the subsitution was happening on Sky Sports: “Bruno Fernandes is stood in the centre circle with his arms raised saying ‘why is it me not coming off?’
“Honestly, I have to say some of his behaviour in the second half has been a disgrace.”
Neville added later: “I’ve had enough of him throwing his arms about, not running about. That wasn’t a captain’s performance by him.”
Speaking in April, Fernandes hit back at Neville and Keane, he said: “I kind of understand behind that but I can’t control that. We all know pundits have to say something to keep their work.
“The more bad things they say, the more work they get, sometimes. We all have to live with that but for me, it’s about my team-mates being okay with that. Whenever they are not, I would like them to tell me so I can calm myself down.
“Most of the things that were said after that game were complete lies. Because I waved my arms, they [assumed] that I said something that I didn’t say.
“The pundits always want to say something to get attention and credit from the people outside. Sometimes they say something to say.”
And now The Sun claim that Fernandes ‘is not ready to bury the hatchet’ with Neville and added that the ‘humiliating Anfield hammering in March last year hurt Fernandes — and so did the criticism’.
The 28-year-old ‘has not forgotten it’ and ‘is unlikely to engage in any engagement with Neville pitch side next season, despite his new position as captain’.
Fernandes, who took over the captaincy from Harry Maguire this week, has revealed how his Man Utd team-mate took being stepped down as skipper.
The Portugal international told reporters on Saturday: “He gave me congratulations and he said he is really happy for me,’ said the former Sporting midfielder of Maguire’s reaction to the armband switch.
“I understand his position is not the best at the moment. It has to be difficult for him but he came and said congratulations to me and I am happy about that because we have always had a good relationship.”