Erik ten Hag Drags Bruno Fernandes Out of Interview About His Manchester United Future

Erik ten Hag Drags Bruno Fernandes Out of Interview About His Manchester United Future

Elijah Odetokun
May 16, 2024 at 6:24 AM
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  • Manchester United beat Newcastle United 3-2 at Old Trafford
  • Bruno Fernandes returned after two games out due to an injury
  • Speculation is rife about the captain’s future with the Red Devils

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Bruno Fernandes’ interview about his future at Manchester United was cut short by manager, Erik ten Hag, after the 3-2 win over Newcastle United on May 15.

The captain returned to the team after missing their last two games due to injury, including Sunday's embarrassing 1-0 defeat against title hopefuls, Arsenal.

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Erik ten Hag drags Bruno Fernandes away from a post-match interview after Man Utd beat Newcastle 3-2 at Old Trafford on May 15, 2024. Photo by Simon Stacpoole.
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Fernandes put up a man-of-the-match display at Old Trafford as the Red Devils kept their European qualification dreams, with the Magpies and Chelsea in close contention.

Ten Hag interrupts Fernandes’ interview

The Portuguese international faces an uncertain future at United after Mirror UK reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has told his Saudi bosses to sign his compatriot.

The 29-year-old was named the broadcaster's 'man of the match' and granted an interview with Sky Sports about the rumours surrounding his future at the club.

"I will be. The club needs to want me. The club wants me to be a part of the future. As I said always, I don’t want to be a player that the club doesn’t want to have. If for some reason, they don’t want to have me, I will go. But if they want me, I will stay," he said.

While the interview was going on, ten Hag emerged to drag the midfielder away, seemingly so he could join the fan engagement for their final home game of the season.

"Absolutely, the club wants to keep Bruno. Everything I know from him, he loves Manchester United, the fans of Manchester United and to play for Manchester United," ten Hag said later.

The former Sporting CP star was then spotted with the fans outside the iconic stadium, taking pictures and signing photographs until late into the evening.

Ten Hag justifies Bruno's captaincy

Sports Brief previously reported that ten Hag justified selecting Fernandes as captain after Manchester United announced that he had officially replaced Harry Maguire.

The Dutch manager said the midfielder is a leader by example and an inspiration to other players, hence his selection for the role, but admitted he needed others to succeed.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.