Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes appeared to push a steward away during the wild celebrations after Jadon Sancho’s opening goal in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea
A clanger from Jorginho gifted the ball to Jadon Sancho just inside the Chelsea half with no one ahead of him. The £73million summer signing waltzed through and finished calmly to nudge United into a shock lead at Stamford Bridge with his second goal in a week.
The Italian midfielder made amends by drawing Thomas Tuchel ‘s side level from the penalty spot but they couldn’t find a winner.
United were able to weather the storm and leave Stamford Bridge with a point – but Fernandes’ clash with a steward was picked up on after the game.
The entire United squad celebrated with fans after Sancho’s goal, with one steward doing his best to try and usher the players away.
But Fernandes took exception and appeared to take a swipe at the steward as he pushed him away.
It remains to be seen if the Portuguese ace will be reprimanded for his actions during the celebrations.
But sacrificing Ronaldo to implement a cohesive pressing game plan against Tuchel’s side paid dividends – with United’s goal coming directly from pressure on Jorginho.
Sancho’s cool, composed finish was his second in the space of a few days after ending his long barren run against Villarreal in the Champions League in midweek.
And point at Stamford Bridge should stand the United squad in good stead ahead of Ralph Rangnick ‘s imminent arrival as manager on an interim basis until the end of the season.
United’s switch to an aggressive, pressing approach is remarkably similar to the philosophy that Rangnick has been associated with during his time in Germany.
And that led to speculation from Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville that the German was already at the wheel prior to United announcing the deal; speculating that it was Rangnick who made the call to drop Ronaldo and decided on United’s drastically different approach.
“A lot of people having a go at Michael Carrick for dropping Ronaldo and picking that midfield,” said Neville.
“I’ve a feeling the the incoming manager has picked that team as it’s a huge departure from midweek and what they’ve been doing.”
Despite that speculation, Carrick was adamant that it was he who made the call to drop Ronaldo in an interview with Sky Sports before the match.
“I have had a good chat with Cristiano and he was great,” said the United interim chief.
“It is a decision to pick a team, don’t think it needs any more drama than that. Everyone is fine, all the boys who have come out of the team have been terrific, Cristiano included and ready to come on if needed.”