Bruno Fernandes says the expectations of him had been too excessive (Image: Getty)
Bruno Fernandes has hit out at his critics for treating him in another way to different overseas gamers within the Premier League and cited Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe for instance.
The Portuguese playmaker has been the membership’s greatest signing since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, with the 28-year-old proving successful since his £47m transfer from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020.
Fernandes reworked United’s fortunes on his arrival, serving to the membership to a third-place end within the Premier League when it appeared possible that the facet would end outdoors the highest 4 earlier than he joined.
In all, Fernandes has scored 51 instances in 132 matches for United however he’s nonetheless been closely criticised.
Many are important of Fernandes’ passing and his tendency to strive the tough choice when simpler passes can be found.
However the playmaker says he has not been afforded the identical time to adapt to the Premier league as different gamers have.
Fernandes says Pepe, who joined Arsenal in a £72m deal from Lille in 2019, is an instance of a overseas participant that has been given extra time than he has.
Pepe joined Arsenal in 2019 for £72m (Image: Getty)
‘He (Pepe) had some dangerous video games and everybody was saying, ‘He nonetheless has to adapt’,” Fernandes advised the Athletic.
‘However when Bruno was having a foul recreation, it was simply because he was moaning or not targeted on the sport.
‘For me, that was good, as a result of it meant that I used to be prepared and that’s why they had been demanding a lot from me.’
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Fernandes has began each Premier League match beneath Erik ten Hag this time period and has stored his place because the facet’s no.10, regardless of the arrival of Christian Eriksen.
The playmaker’s kind dipped final time period, with Fernandes managing 10 objectives in his 46 appearances.
That was Fernandes’ lowest tally since becoming a member of the membership, having managed 28 objectives the season earlier than.
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