Evra suggests Ronaldo limited Fernandes influence at Manchester United

Evra suggests Ronaldo limited Fernandes influence at Manchester United

  • Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has taken yet another swipe at Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Ronaldo left the club on mutual consent and Evra has suggested he limited Bruno Fernandes influence
  • Fernandes led Man Utd squad in attacking stats before his Portugal national teammate returned to the club

Cristiano Ronaldo continues to catch strays from around Manchester United, despite leaving the club after his contract was terminated by mutual consent following an explosive interview with Piers Morgan.

United have recorded two competitive wins over Burnley, in the Carabao Cup and Nottingham Forest, in the Premier League since club football returned in England after the Qatar 2022 World Cup break.

The latest win against newly promoted side Nottingham Forest has pushed Patrice Evra to praise Bruno Fernandes's impact, while claiming Cristiano Ronaldo's presence at the club limited his countryman's influence in the team.

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Evra was one of those who convinced Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford after it emerged, he was considering a move to United's city rivals Manchester City, as revealed by Manchester Evening News.

Bruno Fernandes, Patrice Evra, Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United, Premier League, Nottingham Forest.
Evra points finger at Ronaldo for limiting Fernandes influence at Man Utd. Photos by Matthew Ashton/Matthew Peters/Matthew Ashton.
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Evra praises Fernandes, subs Ronaldo

The former France international was on punditry with Amazon Prime Video for the win over Forest and was quoted by Goal, saying Fernandes is back as boss after Ronaldo's departure.

''Bruno Fernandes has to be the main man and you can feel it now Ronaldo is not here anymore and you can feel that he is the boss again. He is the one taking the free-kicks, the one taking the corner kicks and I am sorry, that is what Bruno Fernandes needs,'' he said.

Evra's comments appear a bit off the mark, as the former Sporting attacker is yet to have an attacking return in the two games after the World Cup.

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He failed to hit the target against Nottingham, he failed at his three dribbles and lost possession 21 times, committed more fouls than he was fouled and won just 40% of his ground duels.

Evra tells Beek to leave United

Evra is a regular commentator around affairs at his former club and as Sports Brief earlier revealed, he advised struggling midfielder Donny Van de Beek to leave the club.

Beek arrived at the club in the summer of 2020 from Ajax, and despite scoring on his debut against Crystal Palace, he has had an underwhelming time at the club.

His loan to Everton was unsuccessful, a testament to the fact that he is not built for English football and should consider Evra's advice and walk away.

Source: Sports Brief News