Bruno Fernandes makes alarming claims about Man Utd players that hint at bigger crisis – David McDonnell

If Fernandes’ defense that the Manchester United players “gave their all” in their draw with Leicester is true, then the world’s greatest club could be doomed

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Bruno Fernandes deserves credit for keeping a straight face in his post-game interview.

A day after Signing a new long-term contract worth £250,000 a weekFernandes had to come forward and declared another distasteful display of Manchester United.

It has become a recurring theme at United, with players acknowledging their shortcomings, promising to improve and acknowledging that fans deserve better. The most alarming aspect of Fernandes’ post-match offer is that he claimed United’s players gave their all against Leicesterleaving nothing out on the pitch.

“Everyone gave their all,” said Fernandes. “I don’t think there’s anyone who didn’t give their all in the game. There was no lack of intensity.” If that were really the case, if United’s players gave their all physically and mentally for the legendary badge, then the greatest club in the world is truly doomed.

This is the same Fernandes who jumped out of a 50-50 tackle on the move that led to Leicester’s goal. He should be thankful that former United captain Roy Keane didn’t analyze this game or he would have been upset. So much is wrong with this United squad and the whole structure surrounding the team that it’s difficult to know where to start.

It is at a point where contenders for the vacant coaching post – with Ajax coach Erik ten Hag a favorite – might think twice about taking on the role, such is the task that awaits anyone brave – or foolish – enough is to tackle it. With United’s fourth-place hopes all but ended with that draw, interim boss Ralf Rangnick claimed it might only take two or three transfer windows to rectify their mistakes.

Anthony Elanga and Marcus Rashford tangled in Man Utd’s final seconds against Leicester



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“It takes the right decisions – where you want to go, what kind of players, what kind of coach, and then you try to get the best out of every transfer window,” Rangnick said. “It’s possible. It’s not rocket science. It has to be done and if that happens, it doesn’t necessarily take three or four years, maybe two or three transfer windows, then the situation could be different.”

You have to admire Rangnick’s positive spin, but United fans know it will take far more than a few transfer windows for their side to even remotely match their rivals Manchester City and Liverpool. Where Rangnick was more outspoken was in his acknowledgment that City and Liverpool sides were built by managers who were given time and who have a clear philosophy about the way they play.

“Manchester City and Liverpool were built together and recruited over a period of five or six years,” Rangnick said. “Both under the premise of how the coaches want to play. This has to happen.

“I told the board this had to happen. Whenever the new head coach is clear, it has to be – how does he want to play and what kind of players do we need for that?”

Bruno Fernandes has signed a new contract but Paul Pogba will leave him on a free transfer this summer


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As Rangnick says, it will take time, but United fans have had a long wait for success in the past, 26 years waiting for the league title in 1992. Given their team’s current state and lack of direction on and off the pitch, it is not unthinkable that they could again be confronted with a similar waiting period.

It has been nine years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired after his last league win, with United currently 22 points behind leaders City. David Moyes, Ferguson’s replacement, was sacked in 2014, with United 23 points adrift of the leaders. Four managers later and with more than £1billion spent on players United are no further ahead, mired in mediocrity with no sign of a way out.

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