- Bruno Fernandes was injured during Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat against Fulham
- However, moments later the United captain got up and continued playing.
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Fulham have fueled public criticism of Bruno Fernandes by mocking the Manchester United captain for his injury in Saturday’s match between the clubs at Old Trafford.
United manager Erik ten Hag called the social media reaction against Fernandes “pathetic” after a clip of him falling heavily under a challenge from Fulham’s Sasa Lukic and then playing quickly circulated on social media.
Fulham posted the clip on their official TikTok account along with a sarcastic caption reading “So glad he’s okay.” As of Thursday morning it had 43,000 likes.
United want to avoid a fight with their Premier League rivals, although sources say it is regrettable that the video was shared on an official channel.
United feel that, far from providing evidence that Fernandes faked an injury, it shows how determined he was to ignore the shin injury and help his team chase an equalizer after trailing 2-1 in stoppage time.
Fulham mocked Bruno Fernandes for his ‘injury’ during victory over Man United
Fernandes fell under a challenge from Fulham’s Sasa Lukic and appeared to be in pain
However, moments later the United captain got up from the ground and continued playing.
Fulham’s publication on TikTok fueled the public criticism that Fernandes has received in recent days
The Portuguese star was a doubt for Wednesday’s FA Cup match at Nottingham Forest, but Ten Hag praised him for playing through pain to provide an assist for Casemiro’s late winning goal, and criticized the opposition for attacking him with a series of faults.
Fernandes limped out of the City Ground afterwards, which is a concern for United ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad.
“You saw Forest was targeting him,” Ten Hag said. “They fouled him a lot. You see that when he receives the ball, they are very tight against him.
Erik ten Hag responded to criticism of Fernandes and said he has a “very high pain threshold”
‘I’m not saying what it is, but it was a serious injury. I see that social networks criticize him. He is pathetic. He has a serious injury, he continued playing on Saturday and then also fought to be part of this match.
‘He has a very high pain threshold. Last year he did something similar against the Spurs. He demonstrates his leadership.”