Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has aimed a sly dig at Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.
The Portuguese midfielder has been excellent since joining the Red Devils but Mourinho suggested that his impact was dependant on penalties.
Speaking to the media, Jose Mourinho claimed: “Bruno came in, was fit, played very well, improved the United team and also proved to be a great penalty taker, one of the best in the world, because he had about 20 to score.”
Fernandes scored six penalties for the club but his contribution goes well beyond that. He has improved the passing in the final third, the link up play with the forwards and he has added technique to the side.
It will be interesting to see how Fernandes reacts to these comments from Mourinho now.
Clearly the Tottenham manager is downplaying his impact at Manchester United so far, which is a bit harsh.
The former Sporting star has galvanized Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side since his arrival. Before his signing, United did not look like a team capable of getting into the top four.
However, Fernandes has helped them finish in the top three now. Since the turn of the year, their form has been as good as City and Liverpool.
It remains to be seen how the midfielder performs next season. The fans will be expecting another big season from their star midfielder and Fernandes will have to deliver.
With the defenders getting used to him now, the next season might be a bit tricky for him.