MANCHESTER UNITED star Bruno Fernandes has been criticised by Roy Keane for his ‘disrespectful’ body language.
The former midfielder took aim at the Portuguese playmaker in a discussion on his poor form against the ‘Big Six’.
Bruno Fernandes was called ‘disrespectful’ for his attitude in recent weeksCredit: Guardian News & Media
Roy Keane criticised the Man Utd star for his conduct on the pitchCredit: Sky Sports
Keane told Sky Sports ahead of the Manchester derby: “We’ve seen him taken off in a few of the games and his body language has not been great.
“There’s nothing wrong with being taken off and shaking your head for ten seconds.
“But if you’re walking off and a team-mate is coming on, and you’re throwing your arms up in the air, that’s disrespectful to your team-mate.
“And we’re on about a leader.
“If I was coming on and the player was shaking his head, almost disrespecting him, saying ‘I’m coming off for you?’, you’d have a quiet word with him in the dressing room.
“And he’s done it a number of times, so he’s on about maturity and showing respect to your team-mates, well show respect if you have a bad game and don’t be throwing your arms up in the air every two minutes.”
Fellow pundits Graeme Souness and Micah Richards defended Fernandes‘ actions.
The 26-year-old has just two goals and two assists in his ten games against ‘Big Six’ sides in the Premier League.
That compares to a whopping 21-goal tally with 15 assists versus the other top-flight teams.
Last week’s pair of 0-0 draws against Chelsea and Crystal Palace left Fernandes visibly frustrated, which has drawn criticism.
Souness said: “I find it disappointing, he gives it that when somebody does something they shouldn’t have done.
“I’ve worked in a latin country, I get it, it’s not the end of the world.
“But I think he’s got to get that out of his game playing here in the UK, where he shows his disappointment to his team-mates.”
Former Manchester City defender Richards highlighted that Fernandes is not the only United player struggling in big games.
But Keane felt that such pressure and questions were par for the course if the player wants to be among the best in the world.
He added: “We’ll watch him today against Man City, that’s it – it’s all about what you do on a football pitch.
“I know players under pressure do interviews and respond to criticism. Just get on with it, don’t be such a baby and produce against a brilliant Man City team.”
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