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Manchester United ‘new’ Owner slams Bruno Fernandes



Manchester United 'new' Owner slams Bruno Fernandes

Jim Ratcliffe, the anticipated incoming investor at Manchester United, has stirred controversy by apparently aiming criticism at club captain Bruno Fernandes in his newly released book, ‘Introducing Grit, Rigour & Humour: The Ineos Story.’

Expected to acquire a 25% share of Manchester United from the Glazer family for a reported sum of £1.3 billion, the 71-year-old British billionaire is poised to wield influence over the club’s sporting operations.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is slated to focus on rejuvenating the club’s aging infrastructure and refining its recruitment strategy.

However, even before the official announcement of the minority takeover, Ratcliffe’s book hinted at his sentiments toward one of United’s key players. In a section recounting his travels, Ratcliffe reminisces about a Pacific trip where he observed local rugby matches, noting how the physicality led to a player being carried off with a broken leg.

In a pointed comparison, Ratcliffe draws a line between this rugged incident and a moment involving Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes during the team’s 7-0 defeat to Liverpool last season.

Referencing Fernandes’ reaction during the match, Ratcliffe remarks that it was a stark contrast to the physicality witnessed in the local rugby game.

Ratcliffe’s comments echo sentiments expressed by former United captain Roy Keane, who previously advocated for Fernandes to be stripped of the captaincy due to what he labeled as “disgraceful” body language during the Liverpool game.

Roy Keane criticized Fernandes for his on-field demeanor, highlighting the player’s arm-waving and lack of effort in tracking back.

Additionally, former United player and Sky Sports commentator Gary Neville joined in the criticism, labeling Fernandes’ behavior as “embarrassing” and “frustrating.” Neville specifically pointed out Fernandes holding his face after contact, despite the incident being on his chest, and highlighted his perceived dissatisfaction with being substituted during the game.