Bruno Fernandes played a pivotal role in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, but we were tickled most by watching the midfielder get dumped on his arse by referee Andre Marriner.
Fernandes has been in impressive form over recent weeks, including his goal against Palace, and has implored United boss Erik ten Hag not to rest him, despite the club’s busy schedule in February.
“I will be unhappy if I don’t start, if I don’t play games all 90 minutes, the manager knows that,” said Fernandes, who has featured in 32 of United’s 34.
“I’m fully fit, I’m available for the team, and whatever I have to do it’s no problem. Not only me, but everyone wants to play a full 90 minutes every game. fixtures so far this season.
“Obviously we all know that there are players that need more rest than others, but I feel good.
“I feel good but whenever the manager thinks he needs to rest me – like in the last game I came off in the FA Cup – he will decide and I will accept because we have to be in the best form in every game and he has to decide what’s best for the team.”
Fernandes also compared the difference in mood between now and last season, saying: “Everything had to change. I think last year was about confidence.
“Obviously I think this season the main thing was the results. We started to get into the ideas of the manager. The new players that’ve come, they come to help. The ones that were here before are getting more confidence because they win games.”
Despite his stunning form, Fernandes’ most memorable contribution to Saturday’s victory was getting inadvertently fouled by referee Marriner.
As one United move broke down, the Portugal international scrambled to get back only to run straight into Marriner’s outstretched arm. Hilarious.