Bruno Fernandes Denies Asking to Be Subbed vs Liverpool

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Bruno Fernandes has been forced to deny asking to be substituted during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

The Portuguese midfielder was seen signalling to the bench in the second half of the game, leading to speculation that he was asking to be taken off.

However, Fernandes has now revealed that he was actually asking for a change of tactics, rather than a substitution.

Speaking to the media after the game, Fernandes said: “I was not asking to be subbed. I was asking for a change of tactics.

“I was asking for us to play more direct, to play more long balls, to put more pressure on their defence. I wanted us to be more aggressive and to take more risks.

“I think it worked, because we created more chances in the second half and we were able to get the equaliser.”

Fernandes has been one of United’s standout performers this season, scoring 11 goals and providing seven assists in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old has been a key figure in United’s resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and his influence was evident against Liverpool.

He was the driving force behind United’s equaliser, as he won the ball back in midfield before playing a pinpoint pass to Marcus Rashford, who then set up Mason Greenwood for the goal.

Fernandes’ performance against Liverpool was further proof of his importance to United, and his willingness to take the initiative and demand a change of tactics shows his leadership qualities.

It is clear that Fernandes is a key figure in the United dressing room, and his influence will be crucial if the Red Devils are to challenge for the title this season.