Emotional Bruno Fernandes saw his frustration with referees for VAR delay at halftime in new Europa League final tunnel camera footage … with Manchester United star also furiously claiming that Villarreal defender Juan Foyth was a waste of time
- Manchester United lost on penalties to Villarreal in the Europa League final
- United went into half-time and Bruno Fernandes showed his frustration
- He knocked the referees down for taking ‘three minutes’ to make a VAR decision
- The Portuguese also claimed that Juan Foyth, who was on loan to Tottenham, was wasting time
New tunnel camera footage has revealed that Bruno Fernandes vented his frustration with the last Europa League referees during halftime of Manchester United’s defeat to Villarreal.
United failed in their bid to end a four-year wait for a trophy after losing 11-10 after penalties in Gdansk, with David de Gea’s penalty kick saved by his counterpart Geronimo Rulli.
The Solskjaer men caught up after a tacky performance in the first half following an attempt by Gerard Moreno, before Edinson Cavani equalized for United in the second half.
An emotional Bruno Fernandes was visibly frustrated with the referees during the halftime of the Europa League final
United lost to Villarreal 11-10 on penalties while the hunt for a trophy continued for four years
But Portugal international Fernandes was visibly more angry than most when he came out of the dressing room after the Norwegian boss’s team call at half time and showed his frustration with the referees.
The 26-year-old criticized the time it took for the referees to make a VAR decision, while also pointing out that Juan Foyth, who loaned to Tottenham, wasted time after being accidentally put in the head by Paul Pogba kneaded.
The Argentinian developed a nosebleed and needed a headband before needing attention again a few minutes later, when his nose started to bleed again.
‘The number eight goes twice’, Fernandes hears say in the behind-the-scenes clip that came to light from the tunnel.
In the tunnel cam footage, Fernandes claimed that Villarreal defender Juan Foyth, who wore No. 8, was a waste of time
Foyth needed a headband after a nosebleed after a nasty collision with Paul Pogba
Fernandes also criticized officials for the time it took to issue a VAR call
‘Once he lies there for a minute. After again and then after the goal.
‘You wait for VAR once. Three minutes? ‘
Fernandes and the rest of United’s team, as well as Unai Emery’s men, then made their way into the second half, with substitute Fred hearing that he was trying to cheer on his teammates.
The Brazil international says, ‘Let’s go guys, let’s go guys. Come on. Eh Scotty [McTominay], second ball, be careful ‘
A shout to attacker Marcus Rashford – who also struggled to speak fluently in the first half – can also be heard in the background.
Fred (right) then overhears his United cheer for teammates as they went out for the second half
There’s also a voice trying to spur United striker Marcus Rashford for the second period
He says, “Rashy, come on size.”
Fernandes was United’s captain in the absence of the injured Harry Maguire, but was criticized for letting the LaLiga outfit go first in the shootout despite winning the toss.
But after the game on social media, Fernandes called for unity among the squad.
“We win together and we lose together,” he wrote.
“If someone fails, we all fail, if someone scores, we all score, if someone makes a save, we all save … Always UNITED.”
Fernandes was criticized for letting Villarreal go first in the shootout despite winning the coin toss
Fellow midfielder Pogba also said United would recover from the setback, adding: ‘It took me a few days to think after the game.
‘Obviously very upset not to win the final, but we are a team that will look ahead with their heads held high.
Thank you to all the fans for the support. We will come back stronger. ‘
The images of a clearly cheerful Fernandes, who was portrayed in tears after the game, comes after club legend Paul Scholes wondered if the United players had been hurt by the defeat.
‘A few players, it doesn’t hurt them. Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani, they won’t like it, ‘he told BT Sport.
‘They look like they are quite hurt, the others can look acceptable even from the manager. It has become a nice club. ‘