Erik ten Hag dismisses Bruno Fernandes’ cryptic TV interview on his future: ‘He loves Manchester United, even with injuries he is playing’


Erik ten Hag has reiterated Manchester United’s desire to keep Bruno Fernandes at the club after the Portuguese gave an ambiguous television interview on his future.

Fernandes, 29, spoke to Sky Sports after full-time in Manchester United’s 3-2 victory over Newcastle United on Wednesday night.

“I will be here until… I’ve said, the club needs to want me,” Fernandes said post-match when asked about his future.

“I feel the club wants me to be part of the future, so as I said, I don’t want to be a player the club doesn’t want to have. If for some reason they don’t want to have me, I will go.”

The Athletic reported earlier this week that United had held talks with Fernandes — who joined in January 2020 for an initial £47m fee — during which it was underlined that the INEOS-led regime intended to continue building around its captain.

“The club wants to keep Bruno. There is no question I think,” said Ten Hag.

Asked why he gave a cryptic answer to a question on his future, he said: “I have to see the interview. Maybe your interpretation… but as far as I know and everything I know from him, he loves Manchester United.

“You see he always gives his best. He’s an example, even with injuries he is playing. He loves football. He wants to win.

“That is how I describe his character and I am very pleased with his performance, and his performances across the season.”

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Fernandes missed United’s defeat to Arsenal last Sunday with a knock — the first game he has ever missed for the club through injury — but returned on Wednesday to register his 10th assist of the campaign when he set up Rasmus Hojlund for United’s third.

The Portugal international has scored 54 goals and provided 41 assists in 158 league appearances for the club since arriving from Sporting Lisbon.

Ten Hag added: “It is not easy when so many players are injured around him and every time he has to carry the team.

“But then for him he keeps at a good level, and I would say even a high level, especially in the spring. He grows to a brilliant level and I am very pleased with it.”

Ten Hag’s own future remains unclear but the Dutchman refused to entertain questions on whether he would be in charge next season after thanking United fans in a full-time address on the Old Trafford pitch.

United end their Premier League campaign against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday before the FA Cup final on May 25.

(Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)



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