Bruno Fernandes has instructed Sky Sports activities Information he has “no downside” with Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and says their awkward trade within the Portugal dressing room was only a “joke”.
Fernandes exchanged a frosty handshake with Ronaldo on Monday because the pair met up with Portugal forward of the World Cup amid Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan through which he criticised United and boss Erik ten Hag.
However Fernandes has performed down their interplay and says audio of the footage proves they have been sharing a joke.
Requested by Sky Sports activities Information reporter Gary Cotterill after Portugal’s 4-0 warm-up win over Nigeria whether or not he has an issue with Ronaldo, Fernandes responded: “I’ve no downside with anybody.
“I do my job and as a supervisor as soon as stated to me, all the pieces you can management is your self. I believe everybody thinks the identical approach, it’s important to management your self, give your greatest and that is it.”
Requested if he gave Ronaldo the chilly shoulder, Fernandes replied: “Why do you say that?
“They put the sound [on] after. Did you hear it with the sound? It’s a must to.
“In Portugal we’ve got an issue, that I used to be watching one of many channels that was speaking about that, ‘was chilly, was dangerous’, for 45 minutes.
“Unexpectedly they go to a break, the nationwide group ship it with sound.
“The sound says that he’s joking with me and they also come again and stated there was a joke and so they lower there. They stated, ‘if you wish to see once more simply return’, but when they return they are going to see there’s an issue. But when they’re actually true and clarify what was in that video folks will know, however now folks do not know.
“That is the nationwide group, Manchester United might be my focus after the World Cup.”
In his headline-grabbing interview with TalkTV, which has been launched over the previous few days, Ronaldo has criticised United, hit out at former team-mates and stated the house owners the Glazer household don’t care concerning the membership.
However Fernandes, who joined United in January 2020, insists he has not seen the interview with the Qatar World Cup his solely focus.
He stated: “I did not learn the interview so I am okay with that.
“Now it is the nationwide group, it is Portugal. The coach made a degree that it is us. He is made that time since I got here to the nationwide group in 2017 and that’s nonetheless clear that in his thoughts the primary factor right here is the nationwide group and us.
“We’ve got to be centered on the World Cup as a result of a World Cup would not come each time. You do not have an opportunity to play a World Cup many occasions.
“Cristiano will play in his fifth World Cup so everybody is prepared for that and everybody desires to offer their greatest for the group.”
Ronaldo says he felt “provoked” by Ten Hag after he refused to come back on final month in opposition to Tottenham and left Previous Trafford earlier than the full-time whistle.
Ronaldo stated he believes Ten Hag “doesn’t respect” him in the way in which he “deserves”, though he had “remorse” for his behaviour in opposition to Tottenham in October however feels the punishment he confronted was too harsh.
Within the remaining excerpt of his explosive interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV, Ronaldo additionally revealed he rejected a €350m (£305m) provide to play in Saudi Arabia this summer season and claimed he had “many provides” to go away United.
The 37-year-old revealed he plans to hold on his enjoying profession till the age of 40, however doesn’t know which membership he might be representing past the World Cup in Qatar however hinted at a United exit suggesting it’s “in all probability good to have a brand new chapter” in his profession.
Away from United, Ronaldo stated he could be “completely satisfied” if Arsenal received the Premier League, with the Gunners at the moment 5 factors forward of Manchester Metropolis on the high.
In clips beforehand aired this week from the identical interview, Ronaldo disclosed he was “shut” to shifting to Manchester Metropolis final summer season, earlier than Sir Alex Ferguson intervened, and was notably crucial of the Ralf Rangnick period in addition to the membership’s crop of younger gamers.
Neville: No approach again for Ronaldo
Sky Sports activities’ Gary Neville says there’s “no approach again” for Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United after his explosive criticism of the membership and supervisor Erik ten Hag, however insists he’s not in opposition to his former team-mate.
Neville, who was himself criticised by Ronaldo throughout his interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV, has instructed Sky Sports activities he can not see the Portugal ahead enjoying for the membership once more.
“No, and l do not suppose he desires a approach again,” Neville stated. “He would not have finished this interview if he needed a approach again. He knew it could convey the headlines it has and be the tip of his Manchester United profession.”
Manchester United haven’t but indicated what motion they might take following Ronaldo’s interview.
Neville added: “I am questioning what Man Utd are doing as a result of the fact of it’s they know they must terminate Cristiano’s contract or they mainly open up a precedent so any participant can criticise them sooner or later.”
Requested for his ideas and whether or not he was in opposition to Ronaldo, Neville replied: “It is not true, what he stated, however all’s honest in love and conflict.
“I stay within the sport of criticism and know I’ve to just accept it, and I get loads of it again. I really like all my team-mates I performed with, together with Cristiano.
“I am not in opposition to Ronaldo – removed from it. I could not have any extra admiration for him, I could not have any extra respect for him. He is the best participant I’ve ever seen and he is essentially the most gifted participant I ever performed with.”