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Bruno Fernandes ‘leaked WhatsApp message’ shows Man Utd hero’s brutal side as he slammed team-mates’ ‘s*** attitude’ – The Sun

A LEAKED WhatsApp message has provided a unique insight into the passion and character of Bruno Fernandes.

The Manchester United ace is shown to be a vocal dressing room figure in the messages, which have emerged after being sent to team-mates while back at Sporting Lisbon.

Fernandes railed against bad attitudes – and complained of colleagues who "don't want to be here".

The messages, reported by Record, via Mirror, read: "Bro, I don't say anything! I honestly, if you want me to tell you, I'd rather not comment on anything.

"I think very badly of some of the attitudes of some players. Actually not a certain attitude, it's an attitude that does not exist.

"There are players who have no attitude here, bro. They don't want to be here, they don't want to play.

"They don't want to be here then f*** off, let them say they don't want to play. They spend a year here getting money, and then they f*** off, bro. S*** attitude bro, for f**** sake."

Fernandes has already earned a reputation at Old Trafford for speaking his mind, seen by many as providing the shot in the arm needed to revamp United's ailing season.

Since arriving in January, the Portuguese international, 25, has notched three goals and four assists for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

And the media pressure that comes with playing for United is something he has experience dealing with, as the leaked messages showed him slamming the local press in Lisbon.

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Bruno Fernandes only 2nd Man Utd star to win Prem Player of the Month in debut month since 2015 as he scoops THIRD gong – The Sun

BRUNO FERNANDES has become just the second Manchester United player since 2015 to win Player of the Month in his debut month.

The Portuguese playmaker has wasted no time in hitting the ground running since his £46.4million move from Sporting Lisbon in January.

Fernandes, 25, has instantly become a fan favourite following a string of game-changing performances.

Following his debut against Wolves, the midfielder has managed four assists and three goals to bolster United's Champions League hopes.

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Bruno Fernandes will be a Man Utd hero like Paul Scholes and Eric Cantona, claims Paul Ince – The Sun

BRUNO FERNANDES has all the tools to become a Manchester United hero like Paul Scholes and Eric Cantona, according to Paul Ince.

The Portuguese new-boy, 25, has been a real hit at Old Trafford since his £55million January move from Sporting Lisbon.


Fernandes arriving in Manchester has sparked a solid run of form for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, who had struggled for creativity and form all season.

And now Ince reckons he can be the icon Red Devils fans deserve, much likes Scholes and Cantona in the recent glory days.

Ince told Paddy Power: "[Fernandes] has been fantastic since he came into the side.

"Even yesterday when he didn’t do that much, what he did do was top quality. That ball into Anthony Martial was outstanding.

"Fans are getting carried away, and I try not to, but I can certainly see why they are.

"Every club, every set of fans want to have a hero, and he’s going to be that for Man Utd.

"When he goes to take a corner, the fans are going wild for him, they love him, he can be a real hero.

"I’m talking a Paul Scholes or an Eric Cantona – he can be one of those types of heroes for the club.

"I’m not saying in terms of performances, or level of football, but United haven’t had a hero in their team for a long, long time. He can be that."

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Ince continued: "He’s doing everything right at the moment, including the ‘shh’ gesture to Pep Guardiola, which was always going to be a sure way to win over the fans.

"It’s good to see someone joining with a bit of character, too."

Ince when on to say Fernandes can be exactly what fans hoped Paul Pogba would be following his then-world-record £89million move from Juventus in 2016.

Ex-United star Ince even suggested the 2018 World Cup winner might struggle to get back into the team following his injury thanks to the Portuguese new-boy.

Ince said: "Fans thought Paul Pogba was going to be the star. But, look how that panned out.

"If he still wants to leave I’d say it would be far easier for Ole to do so now that Bruno is around. It doesn’t feel like they need him anymore.

"His truly great games have been few and far between, so the current situation could suit club and player.

"If he does come back before the end of the season, he’s not even going to get in the team. He’s going to have to fight for his place – if he even gets one."

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Watch Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial’s amazing bear hug reaction to Scott McTominay’s goal in Man Utd win over City – The Sun

BRUNO FERNANDES and Anthony Martial just couldn't get enough of each other with their amazing bear hug reaction to Scott McTominay's 40-yard stunner.

The Red Devils duo combined perfectly for Manchester United's opener in their 2-0 win over Man City on Sunday.

And their reaction to McTominay's late goal shows an adorable bromance is brewing off the pitch also.

Fernandes has injected creativity into the heart of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's midfield since arriving to Old Trafford from Sporting CP just over a month ago.

With 30 minutes on the clock on Sunday the £47million Portuguese ace stood over a set-piece on the left flank that he himself had won after a tangle with Ilkay Gundogan.

The United newbie produced a deft free kick over City's defence to connect with his pal Martial who fired home at the near-post.

In five Premier League games the United midfielder now has an impressive tally of three assists and two goals – more than any other Manchester United player in this period.

As the clock wound down against their rivals McTominay pounced on an Ederson mistake and smashed home from 40-yards to seal the win

And the relief was summed up in Fernandes and Martial's adorable reaction in the dugout.

Fernandes further endeared himself to United fans with a cheeky gesture at Pep Guardiola towards the end of the derby.

The Portuguese new boy silenced the City boss with a cocky gesture following a heated exchange between the two.

Guardiola was shouting at the ex-Sporting CP star down the touchline when the midfielder turned and pressed his fingers to his mouth to shush him.

United are now three points off a top four place, with the last Champions League qualification place currently occupied by Chelsea.

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Football betting tips: Bruno Fernandes on target in Man Utd vs City, plus Roberto Firmino to end home goal drought – The Sun

THIS week's Premier League fixtures offer up a host of tasty fixtures.

Battles at both ends of the table are intensifying week on week, with our three feature matches coming from Anfield, Old Trafford and the King Power Stadium.

We've betting tips to bring you from all the matches that matter this weekend, starting off with the Cherries on Merseyside…

Liverpool vs Bournemouth, Saturday 12.30pm

WELL, who saw that coming at Vicarage Road?

Definitely not us, as Liverpool's unbeaten record went up in smoke after a horror-show against the Hornets.

Jurgen Klopp's side were lethargic, limp and lifeless against Watford, the complete opposite to how they've been pretty much every game this season.

And they weren't much better as they crashed out of the FA Cup against Chelsea on Tuesday night.

Bournemouth arrive at Anfield with two wins in their last five games, which has given them a strong chance of avoiding the drop.

The shock victory for the Hornets last week though, coupled with a West Ham win over Southampton, has put them back in the bottom three.

Their unbeaten record might be gone, but Liverpool have continued to smash records for the past two years on home soil.

Anfield remains a fortress and odds of 8/1 on a Bournemouth victory aren't tempting enough to chase – despite their uncanny ability to conjure shocks out of thin air.

We're looking at you, Chelsea.

When these sides meet, there's always goals – and unfortunately for the visitors, never seemingly at their end.

The last five H2H's read like this: 3-0, 3-0, 4-0, 3-0, 4-0.

That's 17-0 to the Reds and we can only see the pattern continuing on Saturday when the wounded hosts take out their frustrations on Eddie Howe's side.

Liverpool to win without conceding is evens and one of our favourite bets of the weekend.

While a 3-0 home win – the scoreline in the last two meetings at Anfield – is also tempting at 13/2.

We're all about value in this column and if you're looking for a goalscorer bet, you don't want to be lumbered with an odds-on pick.

Mo Salah and Sadio Mane are both too short to back, so go instead for Roberto Firmino who is a much juicer 8/5.

He's getting the chances to end his Anfield hoodoo and with odds that big, don't miss out for when he does.

If you're brave, 9/2 on him opening the scoring isn't bad either.

SunSport's best bets

Liverpool to win to nil: evens

Reds to triumph 3-0: 13/2

Roberto Firmino to end recent goal drought: 8/5

Man Utd vs Man City, Sunday 4.30pm

ALL of the sudden, there's more than just bragging rights at stake in the Manchester derby.

City's dramatic European ban has effectively removed them from the top-four race, opening the door for their cross-town rivals to steal in and potentially book a Champions League berth for next season.

It would be some achievement for United if they could do that considering how much of a shambles this campaign has been.

Recent weeks have given fans reason for optimism though, with new-boy Bruno Fernandes leading the charge up the table.

Ole's men are unbeaten in four league games and they've conceded just once in that time – a David De Gea clanger last time out at Everton.

City meanwhile are now marooned in second, the players powerless to affect matters off the pitch.

Pep Guardiola's side were made to sweat in the Carabao Cup final and at the back John Stones' error-strewn performance showed just how much they're going to miss Aymeric Laporte in this one.

United are 7/2 to win the game and that's fair enough considering they've lost the last three meetings at Old Trafford.

 

You have to go way back to 2015 for the last time the red half of Manchester were victories on their own patch.

But in four of the last five meetings here they've netted – and with that City defence not as watertight as it should be, both teams to score is the safest play of Super Sunday.

That's a generous 2/3, while we're happy to recommend a play on Utd double chance.

City don't have the swagger of last season and Old Trafford is a much happier place after two thumping victories over Club Brugge and Watford.

Okay, they're not in the same class – but 11/10 to avoid defeat? Go on then.

If you want a goalscorer, United is where to look for the value.

Fernandes is proving a huge hit on and off the terraces and bagged his first goal from open play last week for the club – he'll also be the main man for United's freekicks and penalties on the day.

The Portuguese star is a massive 3/1 to net anytime with whistle-happy Mike Dean in the middle. Get on.

SunSport's best bets

Both teams to score at Old Trafford: 2/3

Man Utd to avoid defeat: 11/10

Bruno Fernandes to find the net: 3/1

Leicester vs Aston Villa, Monday 8pm

DEAN SMITH is on a fox hunt under the King Power lights.

These two know each other very well and it'll be their fourth meeting this term after clashing in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

Ever since defeat at Villa Park, Leicester just haven't been their usual selves.

The Foxes are currently four Premier League games without a win although their 1-0 loss at bottom club Norwich did come after another VAR controversy.

Even so, a team wanting Champions League football can't go on runs like these and they have to bounce back soon.

Villa will have to prove they don't have a hangover from that 2-1 defeat to Man City, which saw them miss out on added time by the width of Claudio Bravo's right-hand post.

They're on a horrible little run of form at just the wrong time and haven't won on their travels in the league since New Year's Day.

Infact, the visitors have the second worst away record in the division, with just eight points taken from a possible 42.

With Villa, Watford, Everton, Brighton and Palace to come in the next five for Leicester, there's a real chance for Rodgers side to secure that coveted Euro spot – which they've deserved for much of the season.


The three games played already this term suggests that there's little between the teams on paper – one Leicester win, a draw and a Villa victory.

But take your mind back to December's 4-1 thrashing at Villa Park and you'll begin to discover just why there's 25 points separating this pair.

Leicester are just 4/11 to win the game over 90 minutes – £13.63 back for your tenner. No thanks.

Their home form has been patchy of late but when they have won at the King Power this campaign, they've tended to do it without a clean-sheet.

So instead take Rodger's side to win, but with both teams to score – that's a far more tempting option at 7/4.

And in a game which promises goals – 10 of Villa's 14 away games have featured three or more goals – over 2.5 goals is a steal at 8/15.

With Jamie Vardy a doubt, it's over to the supporting cast to provide the firepower.

Kelechi Iheanacho is odds-on, so steer clear of him despite his disallowed strike against the Canaries.

Instead take a punt on James Maddison, who has six Premier League goals this season but is without one in 10 games.

He was lively against Norwich too and represents terrific value at 23/10.

SunSport's best bets

Leicester to win and both teams to score: 7/4

Over 2.5 goals at the King Power: 8/15

James Maddison to find his scoring touch: 23/10

*Odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication

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