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Bruno Fernandes makes a mockery of Louis van Gaal's Man Utd criticism

Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror

Bruno Fernandes seemingly made it his personal mission to rubbish former Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal's assessment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Red Devils.

In April last year the Dutchman, who managed United for two years from 2014, suggested Solskjaer's side focus more on defence than attack despite the fact the Norwegian was a striker during his playing days.

He added that the 1999 Champions League winner is a fan of parking the bus.

Van Gaal said: "I can see how Ole had some impact in the beginning because United were ninth in the table when he took over and the team was nothing.
Bruno Fernandes notched 28 times for Manchester United last season ( Image: Pool via REUTERS)

"United had been playing anti-football, as I call it, but don’t think that Ole isn't afraid to park the bus either — he is more defensive than you think.

"I have been watching the team, because I always look at United still, and Ole parked the bus against Arsenal. He did it against Tottenham in the league. And at stages against Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in the Champions League.

"He plays against all the big teams like that. The emphasis is more on defending than on attacking or wanting to play dominant football. I actually call it parking the bus.

"Ole does it not just outside the 18-yard box. He parks the bus right in front of [goalkeeper] David De Gea."

Fernandes went on to make something of a mockery of Van Gaal's comments as the 2020/21 season played out.

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The Portugal international scored a staggering 28 goals in all competitions from midfield for the Red Devils last campaign.

Eighteen of Fernandes' goals were scored in the Premier League, which made him the third most prolific marksman in the top flight behind only Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah.

Fernandes' goals helped Man United secure a second-place finish in the Premier League last season, with the Red Devils finishing above 2020 champions and bitter rivals Liverpool.

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