Alan Shearer feels Bruno Fernandes is “happier” without Cristiano Ronaldo in Manchester United team
Premier League icon Alan Shearer feels Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes plays better without compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo in the team. The former striker was impressed by the 28-year-old’s performance against Tottenham Hotspur.
Erik ten Hag’s team took on Antonio Conte’s side at Old Trafford on 19 October. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner had to watch from the sidelines as the Red Devils beat Spurs 2-0. Fred and Fernandes got on the scoresheet for us.
Speaking after the match via Manchester Evening News, Shearer, who is known for his spell as a player at Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United, feels the former Sporting CP star looks “happier” without Ronaldo.
“Would I be stirring if I said Bruno looks happier in this team without Ronaldo?
“I just look at his performance tonight and his energy and look at his leadership and the qualities he has offered both defensively and offensively and he has done so much for them in this performance tonight. He deserved that goal.”
Fred gave Man United the lead just after the break in the 47th minute. A deflected shot from the Brazilian managed to beat Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris.
Fernandes then doubled the Red Devil’s lead in the 69th minute. The Portugal international curled a shot past Spurs’ French World winner from around 20 yards out.
Man United dominated Tottenham for most of the game. We were relentless in the first half and did not let the North London side breathe in the middle of the park. The Red Devils had several other chances in the match. However, Lloris’ heroics prevented us from scoring more.
Fernandes has been involved in every fixture this season under Erik ten Hag. However, fans have criticised the 28-year-old for not contributing enough. Before the Tottenham game, the Portuguese had one goal and two assists in 13 appearances in all competitions.
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However, Fernandes showed what he was capable of against Spurs. Not just offensively, the 28-year-old also works hard when we are without the ball. Hopefully, the midfielder will put in a similar shift against Man United’s next opponents, Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge.