Date published: Friday 6th November 2020 6:15
Ian Wright feels midfielder Bruno Fernandes will likely be the Manchester United player to be the cause of a player revolt against boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Solskjaer’s future is under threat, with two successive defeats dampening United‘s recent high spirits.
Indeed, after beating Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig, the Red Devils have put in drab performances against Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir.
But it was Wednesday’s defeat in Turkey that has raised the most eyebrows over Solskjaer’s future.
And Wright feels that, if the poor run continues, “ambitious” characters like Fernandes will inevitably respond if they feel the club is not progressing.
In fact, Fernandes publicly dismissed reports last month that he was growing unhappy with his manager.
“What you’ll find is, especially the ambitious players – the ones who want to get to where Man United are supposed to be… What you’ll start hearing out of there is you’ll start hearing things from people,” Wright said.
“The players will start saying things because they want a manager who’s going to push them. Bruno Fernandes, you’re hearing little snippets that he’s not happy for some reason.
“That’s what’s going to start happening because as much as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems like a nice bloke and everybody likes him, you get to a certain level as a player where you’re thinking, ‘that’s not enough for me, I need more than this’.”
Fernandes’ worrying body language
Wright, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Kelly & Wrighty Show (via the Daily Express), added that Fernandes has already shown frustration.
But he insisted that the trend starts with coaching from his manager, who is ultimately responsible.
“You watch how he’s playing and his body language in some of the games, you’re thinking, ‘what are the training sessions like? Is he getting what he needs to get out of it?”” the pundit said.
You look at (Marcus) Rashford and (Mason) Greenwood, who you’re thinking with Bruno Fernandes and (Paul) Pogba they’re supposed to be getting chances left, right and centre with the calibre of player they’ve got.
“It’s not happening and that’s got to come from the coaching and the manager.”
Meanwhile, Solskjaer takes his United side to Everton on Saturday in what could be a make-or-break fixture.
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