Bruno Fernandes breaks silence after Man Utd draw amid angry Ole Gunnar Solskjaer outburst
Man Utd: Solskjaer gives thoughts on title race
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Manchester United’s Premier League title pursuit suffered another setback following their draw with relegation-threatened West Brom – and Bruno Fernandes didn’t hide his disappointment.
The Red Devils were looking to get their title bid back on track over the weekend but, instead, they were held to a scrappy draw with Sam Allardyce’s men.
Having been top of the Premier League just 19 days ago, the Red Devils now sit seven points behind leaders Manchester City, who also boast a game in hand.
United have paid for their recent drop in form and failed to win for the fourth time in five league games on Sunday as Sam Allardyce’s relegation-threatened Baggies secured a hard-fought 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns.
Mbaye Diagne gave the visitors a shock lead 80 seconds into the game and Solskjaer’s side failed to kick on after Fernandes superbly levelled just the break.
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And, while Solskjaer has Fernandes to thank for avoiding a defeat, the pair were reportedly involved in a heated discussion during the game.
The Red Devils boss was heard “fuming” at Fernandes, demanding the midfielder to use more space on the right.
The Portugal midfielder was set up in the formation to play behind striker Edinson Cavani, with Marcus Rashford on the right and Anthony Martial on the left.
And United’s top scorer was not happy, replying: “But the space is there [down the middle].”
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But the manager was left furious with his midfielder and yelled back: “That is Antho’s [Martial] space.”
Fernandes has not commented on the incident but has now reflected on the disappointing draw.
He wrote on Instagram: “Not the result we wanted, but we’ll keep on working and we’ll never give up!”
Meanwhile Solskjaer has no intention of settling for second place, despite his disappointment at United’s scrappy draw.
“It’s disappointing, of course,” the United boss said. “We’ve come away with two points less than we wanted to.
“The start was difficult. They put us under pressure as you expect when they get a kick-off and we couldn’t clear our lines.
“Then again, we get 90 minutes-plus to get two goals. I’d rather concede in the first than 92nd minute.
“We just couldn’t get enough big chances. Great goal we scored, fantastic technique by Bruno after some very good build-up play and pressure.”
Asked if United were now playing for second spot, Solskjaer said: “No, I don’t think so. I think no one will give it away this early.
“Of course no one knows this season, it’s so unpredictable, life is so unpredictable. Anything can happen.
“Of course we’re not going to settle for second, of course we’re not.”
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