Bruno Fernandes responds to Barcelona transfer links, Man United star rips “bad journalism”

Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes called the reports linking him to a transfer to Barcelona “bad journalism.”

Fernandes quickly became a talismanic figure at Old Trafford following his move from Sporting CP in January 2020, but suffered a major drop in form in the first half of the 2021-22 campaign.

The 27-year-old has only scored once in his last 14 Premier League outings and it has been suggested that he is one of several players who have been unhappy with United as they sit seventh in the table, four points behind. of the Champions League. places.

What did Bruno Fernandes say?

Portuguese media SPORT TV reported that Fernandes has been offered to Barça as their representatives seek to negotiate a transfer in January for the midfielder.

However, Fernandes came out to set the record straight in a direct response to Sport TV’s Instagram post, telling his followers: “And I thought the new year started just a few days ago, but we’re already on April 1! ! Or is it once again bad journalism? ” It appears Sport TV has since removed the post detailing the transfer rumor, along with Fernandes’ response.

He is not the only Manchester United teammate to speak out against transfer rumors this January. Midfielder Fred also came out strong, posting on Twitter: “In the last few days I have read several fake news [articles] involving my name and that of other MUFC athletes, ‘Fred wrote on social media on Friday. I’m not in the habit of answering controversial things publicly, but this time I’ll have to. I just want to say that I am very happy here and I have never expressed any dissatisfaction and the possibility of leaving the club. Don’t be fooled by fake news. We will continue to work very hard to achieve our goals. “

Marcus Rashford followed suit, posting on Twitter: “I read something earlier that said I had been quiet here, but what can I say that will make this better besides showing everyone on the field?”

“I’m not in a bad mood, I’m not unhappy,” Rashford continued. “My dedication and my desire to be here should never be in doubt. I love this club.”

Fernandes’ recent struggles

Fernandes recorded 40 goals and 29 assists in his first season and a half with the Red Devils, helping them finish second in the Premier League and reach the Europa League final in the process. However, the Portuguese international has only five goals and nine assists in 24 games so far this season and appears to have lost his clinical advantage in the last third of the field.

The natural number 10 has found it extremely difficult to find space in interim coach Ralf Rangnick’s stiff 4-4-2 formation that features a deep pivot in midfield and leaves Fernandes sticking out on the wing where he’s struggled, or on the bench. . Since Rangnick joined the club, Fernandes has only had two full 90-minute performances, rather than being substituted three times and benched as a substitute once.

Fans are hoping that interim coach Ralf Rangnick can start to bring out the best in Fernandes again sooner rather than later, and his next chance to shine will likely come when United take on Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round on Monday.