“He’s so emotional right now”


GARY NEVILLE singled out “emotional” Bruno Fernandes for Manchester United’s scorching start against City.

The Red Devils suffered another nightmare against one of their biggest rivals at Old Trafford as Eric Bailly scored his own goal before Bernardo Silva sealed a comfortable 2-0 victory.


Bruno Fernandes has been criticized for his performance against Manchester CityCredit: AFP
Gary Neville singled out the playmaker for his untimely pressing


Gary Neville singled out the playmaker for his untimely pressingCredit: PA

But it was playmaker Fernandes who particularly drew Neville’s criticism of Sky Sports’ commentary.

Neville said: “Bruno Fernandes lost the ball and chased it, leaving his position. So emotional Bruno Fernandes.

“He’s too emotional. Emotion isn’t going to win this game, trust me.”

The comments came in the first half as Fernandes chased a number of City players who easily passed the ball to each other.

This left a void in his No.10 role as the champions continued to impose their authority on the derby victory with plenty of possession.

It was this half-hearted and untimely pressure from Manchester United that led to many complaints as Liverpool operated in tatters two weeks ago.


At halftime, studio specialist Gramee Souness also criticized Fernandes for not pressing Joao Cancelo before the cross Bailly returned.

Souness said: “Look at Fernandes here. ‘Look, I’m not going to shut you up, why don’t you cross the ball?’

“It’s a simple thing but a fundamental thing, stop the cross.

“Do your friends in the middle of the box a favor by putting pressure on the ball and stopping the cross.

“It’s a joke. The second goal is caused by the same thing, the players not doing the little things.”

I have no idea what Wan-Bissaka was thinking, this is madness.

Gary Neville

Neville then blasted Aaron Wan-Bissaka for his dismal defense – stepping up and leaving Phil Foden behind.

The ex-Crystal Palace man was relieved to see David De Gea make a flying stopover to thwart Gabriel Jesus.

And the former United right-back said of the current one: “Why the hell is Wan-Bissaka going to press Cancelo and let someone like Phil Foden run behind?

“It’s absolute madness. You can’t give someone like Foden so much space and Manchester United are lucky.

“You think they’ll score after the Lindelof touch, then you certainly think Gabriel Jesus will score, but it’s a great save from De Gea.

“I have no idea what Wan-Bissaka was thinking, this is madness.

“He’s not giving Eric Bailly a chance on this side, but United are doing well.”

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