Bruno Fernandes Explains Spat With Chelsea Players After He Appeared to Mock Kepa

Bruno Fernandes Explains Spat With Chelsea Players After He Appeared to Mock Kepa

Martin Moses
  • Bruno Fernandes' goal celebration provoked an angry reaction from Chelsea's Enzo Fernandez
  • Fernandes was among the goals as Manchester United heaped more misery on Frank Lampard
  • The game threatened to descend into chaos after Fernandes scored United's third from the spot

Bruno Fernandes has downplayed a situation between Manchester United players and their Chelsea counterparts during their Premier League encounter on May 25.

Fernandes scored United's third goal of the night in the 4-1 rout, to further condemn Frank Lampard's charges in what has been a poor season for them.

Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United, Erik ten Hag, Ana Pinho, Tottenham Hotspur, Enzo Fernandez, Chelsea
Bruno Fernandes scores to make the score 3-0 against Chelsea on May 25. Photo by Catherine Ivill.
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On the flip side, the win guaranteed United a top-four finish and, therefore, a return to Champions League football next season.

Erik ten Hag's maiden season in England started with back-to-back defeats and it has been remarkable to see how he has turned the club's fortunes around.

At Old Trafford, Casemiro and Anthony Martial scored at the start and end of the first half, with Chelsea dominating play in between without much success.

Fernandes' penalty sparks outrage

After the break, Fernandes won a penalty after nutmegging Wesley Fofana, who responded by clipping the stand-in United skipper in the penalty area.

The Portuguese midfielder took the penalty and sent Kepa Arrizabalaga the wrong way, before coolly celebrating his successful attempt.

AS GMS reports, Fernandes appeared to taunt the Chelsea goalkeeper after he scored before putting his hands on the ears. The meaning of his celebration remains unknown, but he often performs the latter whenever he scores.

However, his antics did not go down well with Enzo Fernandez, who took on the whole United squad angrily.

The Argentine shoved Jadon Sancho as the scuffle threatened to turn into a massive brawl, with players quickly stepping in to prevent the situation from escalating further.

Fernandez and Tyrell Malacia were booked for their roles in the fight.

Speaking after the game, Fernandes waved away the confrontation, insisting he did nothing wrong.

"Nothing. I just celebrated the goal. I was a little bit frustrated to not get my goal; I had a big chance that I had missed and I was a little bit frustrated. That's it," he said, as quoted by MEN.

Marcus Rashford added the fourth goal before Joao Felix pulled one back for the visitors.

United will wrap up their campaign against Fulham as Chelsea welcome Newcastle United.

Chelsea fans' chants versus United

Sports Brief also reported that Chelsea went into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City, and after suffering 15 defeats this campaign, fans were pessimistic.

In front of the Manchester United fans, the travelling supporters sang 'You're nothing special; we lose every week', a clear indication they were used to losing in the current campaign.

United fans also showed their humour as well, with chants from the home section of Old Trafford appearing to reference Chelsea's caretaker manager, 'Super Franky Lampard'.