Bruno Fernandes Spotted in Furious Exchange with Referee After Man United Defeat

Bruno Fernandes Spotted in Furious Exchange with Referee After Man United Defeat

Rene Otinga
updated at February 24, 2024 at 7:13 PM
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  • Manchester United lost 2-1 to Fulham on Saturday
  • Alex Iwobi scored a late goal to give the visitors a shock win
  • Bruno Fernandes was spotted berating the ref after the game

Bruno Fernandes was an irate figure, moments after the final whistle in Manchester United’s defeat to Fulham on Saturday, February 24.

The Portuguese midfielder was spotted engaging referee Michael Oliver in a heated discussion at full-time after his side succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against The Cottages.

Bruno Fernandes and Erik ten Hag were incensed by Michael Oliver
Bruno Fernandes confronted the referee at full-time after United's defeat to Fulham. Photo: James Gill/Clive Brunskill.
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Fulham initially took the lead through Calvin Bassey, who lashed home a loose ball in the 65th minute.

United thought they had salvaged an equaliser after Harry Maguire scored from close range with two minutes of normal time to go.

But there was still time for late drama, as Fulham went into the offensive in the seventh minute of added time. Substitute Adama Traore powered forward and fed a ball to Iwobi, who wrong-footed Onana with a decently-placed shot to seal The Cottages’ first win at Old Trafford since 2003.

Fernandes, Ten Hag confront Michael Oliver

Incensed by the defeat, Fernandes was joined by his manager at the full-time whistle as the pair surrounded matchday referee in the middle of the pitch.

Cameras captured the two, having a word with the ref before briefly being joined by Alejandro Garnacho.

It is unclear what United’s captain was complaining about, but it is highly likely he was protesting some decisions which went against his side.

United were a bit out-of-sorts in the game, especially in the absence of their in-form striker Rasmus Hojlund.

Hojlund is reportedly set to miss at least three weeks with a muscle injury, with Ten Hag opting to give 19-year-old Omari Forson a rare start, per BBC.

What next for United?

Defeat leaves United in sixth place on the log and in danger of missing out on European places.

Fourth-placed Aston Villa’s 4-2 win over Nottingham Forest means they are now eight points ahead of the Red Devils after 26 games.

Fans say Harry Maguire should have seen red

Elsewhere, Sports Brief also reported on rival fans’ take on Harry Maguire’s tackle on Sasa Lukic on Saturday.

The England international was lucky to still be on the pitch after appearing to stamp on the Fulham player’s ankle in the first half.

Maguire only received a yellow for his challenge.

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