Bruno Fernandes explains what Solskjaer said to him before hooking him at half-time

Bruno Fernandes has quashed rumours that he has lost faith in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and explained why he was substituted at half-time of Manchester United’s damning 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

United suffered a crushing loss last time out and were humiliated at an empty Old Trafford. Solskjaer made changes at half-time, with his side 4-1 down, and one of those was Bruno Fernandes.

In days that followed reports began to emerge of half-time rift. It was rumoured that Bruno Fernandes had let his team-mates know exactly how he felt and that they were letting Manchester United down.

And further to this, new reports circulated that Fernandes had lost faith in Solskjaer altogether.

Despite only arriving in January, Fernandes has had a tremendous impact at United and was even crowned the club’s player of the year.

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Clips of Fernandes at Sporting have shown the playmaker to be hot-headed in the past but while on international duty for Portugal Fernandes quickly dismissed these recent notions.

“There’s been a lot of speculation about that,” he told Sport TV, via A Bola.

“First it was a discussion with team-mates, as it did not stick, it was a discussion with only one team-mate [Victor Lindelof], as it did not stick now, it is the discussion with Solskjaer.

“I believe it is a way to destabilise the group. What was said is in no way true.

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“I was replaced at half-time, it is true, by technical option. The coach told me that the game was almost over and that we would have a lot of games ahead of us. Got it. I was not satisfied but said nothing that could harm the group.”

Solskjaer has naturally come under criticism for the display, and rumours of Mauricio Pochettino to Manchester United have fired up once again.

But Scott McTominay is another player who has spoken out about the dressing room stance towards their boss.

The Scotland international told TV2: “The whole club is behind him. We believe in every word he says, and it’s not just him.

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“We trust every word from Mike Phelan, Kieran McKenna, Michael Carrick, the entire support staff.”

United responded by making multiple signings on transfer deadline day and some of them could feature against Newcastle on Saturday.

Edinson Cavani is still self-isolating and Amad Diallo won’t join until January. But Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri could feature.

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