Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has opened up for the first time on his shush with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola in United’s 2-0 win on at Old Trafford Sunday.
The former Sporting Lisbon skipper says Guardiola did not deserve his respect as he thinks the Etihad boss disrespected him.
“I talked about this with some friends and some people think: ‘Pep won everything, who is Bruno to diss him?’, but I think it is about respect. I have respect for Pep and what he won, and what he did for football because he changed some mentalities in football. But, at that moment he didn’t respect me and so he didn’t deserve my respect at that moment on the pitch,” the 25-year old said in an interview with Sky Sports.
Fernandes put his finger to his mouth to tell City boss Guardiola to be quiet after a heated moment on the touchline late on in the clash – a moment that thrilled the home support.
“At that moment the words he told me made me mad, and on the pitch I am a little bit nervous, it is the kind of player I am. I have respect for Pep and what he won, and what he did for football because he changed some mentalities in football. But for me it doesn’t matter. What goes on in the pitch, out of it, for me, it’s past.”
The Portuguese was pivotal as United completed a league double over their city rivals, setting up Anthony Martial with a finely lobbed pass for his side’s first goal.