Man Utd always knew Fernandes would come good after leaked WhatsApp voice note
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Manchester United knew they were signing a leader before Bruno Fernandes joined from Sporting.
The Portugal international, who joined the club for an initial £47m a year ago on Friday, has managed an astonishing 28 goals and 18 assists across 52 fixtures in all competitions.
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitting that he can’t afford to rest the 26-year-old due to his importance to the team, the club are not surprised that he has been a leader within the squad.
As reported last year, United knew they were getting a passionate player after Portuguese media leaked a WhatsApp voice note of Fernandes slamming his Sporting team-mates after a below-par performance.
He reportedly said: ”Bro, I don't say anything! I honestly, if you want me to tell you, I'd rather not comment on anything.
"I think very badly of some of the attitude of some players. Actually not a certain attitude, it's an attitude that does not exist.
“There are players who have no attitude here, bro. They don't want to be here, they don't want to play.
"They don't want to be here then f*** off, let them say they don't want to play. They spend a year here getting money, and then they f** off, bro. S*** attitude bro, for f**** sake.”
Following a tricky patch at United, Fernandes was also the first to deny a rift between the squad.
He said: I think there has been a lot of speculation lately about this.
"First, they [the media] said there was a discussion with the teammates, and as that didn't sell, it was then with a teammate [Victor Lindelof], and as that didn't work either, it was with Solskjaer.
“I believe it's just a way of destabilising the group a little bit.”
Adding when he left the pitch at half-time during the 6-2 defeat against Tottenham before the international break in October: "What was said is in no way true because I was substituted at half-time for tactical reasons.
"When the coach told me that the game was over and that we would have many more [games] ahead, I understood that, of course.
“I was not satisfied with leaving, but I didn't speak or say, anything at that moment that could harm the group.
"Even after the game, the coach sent me a message to wish me good luck with the national team.”
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