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  • 01 March 2024

Ten Hag Defends Fernandes Amid Controversy

Manchester United's manager Erik ten Hag fiercely defended his team's captain, Bruno Fernandes, in the wake of their hard-fought victory against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup fifth round. Despite Fernandes playing a pivotal role in securing United's win with a crucial assist, he left the pitch nursing an injury, with Ten Hag suggesting that Forest players had deliberately targeted him throughout the match.

In a passionate post-match press conference, Ten Hag vehemently rebuked the criticism of Fernandes circulating on social media, deeming it "pathetic." He lauded Fernandes' unwavering commitment to the team, citing his willingness to soldier on despite the injury sustained during the gruelling encounter with Forest. Ten Hag also extolled Fernandes' exemplary leadership qualities, recalling instances where the midfielder had demonstrated remarkable resilience in previous matches against tough opposition.

However, Forest manager Nuno Espirito Santo promptly dismissed the claims made by Ten Hag, refuting any deliberate targeting of Fernandes by his players. According to Nuno, while Fernandes is undoubtedly a formidable adversary who requires careful attention, Forest's tactics to contain him were fair and adhered to the principles of the game.

This incident underscores the ongoing scrutiny surrounding Fernandes' performances and leadership, particularly amidst Manchester United's struggles in the Premier League. As United braces for the impending Manchester derby, all eyes will be on Fernandes, with his fitness and form poised to play a crucial role in the team's fortunes moving forward.

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