Bruno Fernandes has revealed how strict Erik ten Hag was when he first arrived at Manchester United and detailed how he handled the big personalities in the dressing room.
The Dutch manager has done wonders since arriving at Old Trafford last summer, the club are currently third in the Premier League and is gaining ground on league leaders Arsenal. But he did have to deal with some bumps along the way, including Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial interview which saw him get booted out of the club.
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In a recent interview with BT Sport, Fernandes revealed how he handled the Portuguese superstar and other big-name players when he arrived.
‘Everyone was a little bit like in the beginning: “will he do that or not? If a big player doesn’t do what he wants will he pull him apart or not?” And he did that many times, he did it with Cristiano, with Jadon, with Marcus.’ he said.
‘Marcus was probably in the best form against Wolves, he did something wrong and the manager pulled him out,’ Fernandes explained.
‘In the first moment we thought “he’s our main man, we need him” but in the second I was sitting with David (De Gea) and I said “it has to be like this” because if not that the younger ones will think “if he does nothing to them he’ll do nothing to me too”.