Fernandes Reveals Why He Shushed Guardiola During The Manchester Derby

Pep Guardiola gestures after the match.

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Manchester United had secured an overwhelming 2-0 victory against their nemesis Manchester City, as the local derby surprised a major share of the supporters.

The game featured a goal from Anthony Martial which was enabled by a genius assist from Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese thus has been helping out the Red Devils to be back in form ever since his arrival.

Regardless, on Sunday night, when the Citizens were 2 goals down and while the oppositon were taking their time with the match, Pep Guardiola ended up getting frustrated on the sidelines.

And to the surprise of many, Fernandes reacted to that pretty brutally, by placing his fingers on his lips to shush the prolific gaffer. Nevertheless, the talented playmaker has provided explanations later which seemed to have nullified the effect of that event.

Concerning the incident, Fernandes told Sky Sports later: “I talked about this with some friends and some people think ‘Pep won everything, who is Bruno to diss him?’, but I think it is about respect.


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“Now, I think outside of the pitch I don’t do this again if I am on the pitch now. But, at that moment the words he told me made me mad, and on the pitch I am a little bit nervous, it is the kind of player I am.

“I have respect for Pep and what he won, and what he did for football because he changed some mentalities in football. But, at that moment he didn’t deserve my respect at that moment on the pitch.”

Keeping all those aside, the Portugal international has displayed great performances for the English side this year and is already a vital piece in the United midfield for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.