Bruno Fernandes has accepted responsibility for a gaffe that lost Manchester United a point against Leeds United..
After trailing by two goals on the hour mark, the Red Devils rallied back to draw 2-2 at Old Trafford. Willy Gnonto scored for the visitors after Fernandes was dispossessed on the midway line, allowing Leeds to break on the United defense.
Fernandes has had a rebirth this season under Erik ten Hag, but poor mistakes have cost his team at times. Casemiro’s lack of defensive awareness against Crystal Palace a few weeks ago resulted in a cynical foul, earning him a yellow card and a suspension..
The Brazilian expressed his displeasure by staring at Fernandes, with Jamie Redknapp noting at the time: “He is unhappy at his team-mate Bruno Fernandes for coming in the way of the challenge.”
The Portuguese star has once again pointed to his own fault as the cause of the opening goal, explaining post-game: “We are clearly dissatisfied with the outcome. Today, our major goal was to win the game. We didn’t, we only got one point, which is quite disheartening because we started the first and second halves extremely poorly, losing goals within the first five minutes.
“The team had a fantastic reaction; it was a big reaction that was nice to see, but it wasn’t the outcome we desired..
It had nothing to do with [team] changes; we conceded a goal in the opening few minutes of the game; I should’ve been stronger in the second battle; I won the first but should’ve been stronger in the second; they got the ball and scored a goal.
After I believe we had control of the game, they did nothing. I believe we performed admirably, creating numerous chances but failing to capitalize on them. We must now look forward to the next game, which is quickly approaching. It will be a big game again, but hopefully with a different outcome for us..
United’s tie cost them the opportunity to narrow the gap on Manchester City, who are currently second. Erik ten Hag’s club has won just one of their past four games, with a return trip to Elland Road this weekend, which they will miss due to Casemiro’s suspension..
Ten Hag stated prior of their match in Yorkshire: “We are not playing in front of the supporters [at Elland Road]. You’re the starting XI on the field. We must be prepared – not as we are today. We must learn the lesson..
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