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‘Do your talking on the pitch!’ – Chris Sutton slams Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacking


Chris Sutton believes the Man Utd players let Ole Gunnar Solskjaer down (Pictures: BT Sport/Getty)

Former Premier League striker Chris Sutton has slammed Bruno Fernandes for ‘shouting’ at the Manchester United fans following the team’s dismal defeat to Watford under former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Fernandes, who has endured a somewhat underwhelming season to date, reacted angrily at Vicarage Road on Saturday as some United fans booed Solskjaer as he was approaching the away end to applaud the supporters.

The Portugal star implored the fans to instead vent their frustration at the players and had to be dragged away by Red Devils team-mate Fred following the disastrous 4-1 defeat.

Solskjaer was relieved of his duties in the aftermath of the capitulation but Sutton says the players also deserve criticism and has slammed Fernandes, insisting he should ‘do his talking on the pitch’.

‘Bruno Fernandes had no problem shouting at Manchester United’s travelling supporters at the end of the game at Vicarage Road,’ Sutton told the Daily Mail.

‘Maybe do your talking on the pitch instead!

Bruno Fernandes defended Solskjaer after the Watford defeat (Picture: Reuters)

‘You haven’t scored since September 11 or even managed a Premier League shot on target since West Ham on September 19. It’s a fresh start, so rediscover your form.’

While Sutton said Fernandes should focus on his performances on the pitch, Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes the Portuguese star was ‘absolutely right’ to defend Solskjaer at the end of the Watford clash.

‘In terms of Bruno going over to the fans and saying it’s not all on Ole, I think that’s absolutely right,’ Neville told Sky Sports.

‘Seven or eight weeks ago there was euphoria at Old Trafford and it’s just deteriorated. I’ve never been there in a dressing room where the players have felt so drained in confidence.

‘I don’t think they are players who don’t care. I don’t buy that. I think they’re a good group of lads. They’ve looked rudderless on the pitch, rudderless off the pitch.’

Solskjaer leaves Old Trafford with Manchester United sitting eighth in the Premier League, 12 points adrift of leaders Chelsea. Interim boss Michael Carrick will take charge of the side for Tuesday’s trip to Champions League rivals Villarreal.

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