Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes put in a woeful performance as the Red Devils were thrashed by rivals City at the Etihad Stadium last night.
The Portuguese international mislaid eight passes in total, with his poor decision-making also spoiling some promising counter-attacks.
Fans on Twitter did not hold back in their criticism of Fernandes with many accusing him of going missing in the big games:
He’s so bad in big games it’s embarrassing
— Ben #GlazersOut (@LUHGBen) March 6, 2022
He’s such a frustrating player to watch but his stats bruh 😭
He must be using dark arts
— Pain (@Doriansan2) March 6, 2022
Ngl , Bruno Fernandes is the worst player with good stats ever.#MUFC
— Ken Tanita (@kenshiro_10) March 6, 2022
Na Bruno Fernandes was an absolute disaster today , He couldn’t even get in those positions where we would give those passes.
— Ugbedeojo #MUFC (@Certifiedopeboi) March 6, 2022
Bruno Fernandes was easily the worst forward player on the pitch but fans will blame it one subs Lingard & Rashford lmao
— mannnny (@vivauniteddd) March 6, 2022
It’s high time we speak about how awful @B_Fernandes8 is always in big games
Man play football for us and don’t always complain and dive!!!!
— DaveInex (@David_Inex) March 6, 2022
Bruno Fernandes. Turn up to a big game for once in your lifetime I beg 😭😭
— 🅿️ako⭐⭐⭐ (@Pkay_Utd) March 6, 2022
Bruno Fernandes will get an assist against Norwich City and he’ll be back to being called world class again 🙃
— Sam (@Riley90R) March 6, 2022
He’s always a liability when you need him the most
— Kobby Jr. 🇬🇭 (@alanta_1) March 6, 2022
It certainly wasn’t Fernandes’s finest hour in a United shirt. One mitigating factor is that he was asked to play out of position by manager Ralf Rangnick, starting in an unfamiliar false nine role.
However, that doesn’t excuse his inaccurate passing as well as being caught in possession on a number of occasions. The 27-year-old was by no means the only poor performer in the derby but, to win these sorts of matches, you need your best players to stand up and be counted. He fell well short of the standards supporters expect of him.