Bruno Fernandes hits back at Nemanja Matic for Sporting jibe
It appears Manchester United have signed an extremely competitive player in Bruno Fernandes.
The Portuguese playmaker’s ability on the pitch is unquestionable. It now appears he is extremely capable off it as well. Teammate Nemanja Matic was on the receiving end as Fernandes cut down the Serbian’s playful jab.
Having played for Sporting Lisbon, Fernandes is well aware of the animosity between his former side and Portuguese giants Benfica. Matic, a former Eagle himself, tried to make a point on the topic to the Portuguese.
Captured by the club’s TV cameras (h/t Metro), Matic made a reference to the Primeira Liga table this season, saying:
“There is always a distance between Benfica and Sporting” and pulling his arms wide apart to hit home his point.
With Sporting trailing Benfica by 17 points, there was little Fernandes could say to his teammate. However, he got back at Matic the following day in training as he led his side to victory in a practice match.
Fernandes’ winning team consisted of Scott McTominay, Angel Gomes, Luke Shaw, Mason Greenwood, Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Odion Ighalo.
He couldn’t resist using Matic’s words against him. Tagging the Serb on Instagram, Fernandes wrote: ‘”Nemanja Matic, is always a distance between the winning team and your team.”
We are not sure if Matic is aware of the idiom “to fall on one’s own sword”. Well played Fernandes.
The 25-year-old has worked up an excellent relationship with his teammates since moving to the club in January.
He hit the ground running and picked up the Premier League Player of the Month award in his very first month in a United jersey.
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The Portuguese star is amongst a number of smart investments made by United in recent months. A fighter on and off the pitch, he is only going to play a bigger role in the months to come.