Jamie O’Hara has questioned why Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes escapes criticism when he performs poorly, whereas teammate Paul Pogba is routinely hammered by followers and pundits.
There’s little doubt Fernandes has lit up the Premier League since his arrival from Sporting CP final January, however he has been accused of ‘going lacking’ in large video games.
And O’Hara says the Portuguese has to begin doing extra than simply scoring penalties after his quiet outing in Sunday’s enormous top-of-the-table conflict in opposition to Liverpool.
Fernandes produced one among United’s greatest goalscoring possibilities late within the second-half as he was denied by Reds goalkeeper Alisson, however in any other case had a poor sport within the 0-Zero stalemate – resulting in criticism from Roy Keane who stated he ‘didn’t actually do something’.
It’s not the primary time Fernandes has been accused of shying away in opposition to the highest sides, having been uncharacteristically quiet in United’s Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City earlier this month.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has additionally hinted at his frustrations with the midfielder after the 2-2 draw with Leicester City on Boxing Day, admitting that Fernandes could make the boss ‘tear his hair out’.
And O’Hara can see why, saying that for all his brilliance in a Manchester United shirt – he has 27 targets and 17 assists in 49 video games for the membership – he provides the ball away far too usually and doesn’t ship when it issues.
Talking on Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast, the previous Tottenham midfielder stated: “Bruno Fernandes will get constructed up massively, everybody talks about him being this sensible participant and he’s – he’s been unbelievable for Man United.
“However in the previous couple of weeks after I’ve watched him in opposition to the massive golf equipment, Liverpool and Man City, he’s been poor.
“The usual of his passing… Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did a little bit interview the place he says Fernandes ‘frustrates him’, and I can truly see that as a result of he will get in nice positions generally however he provides the ball away for enjoyable!
“Everybody slaughters Paul Pogba, individuals give him a tough time, individuals give Harry Maguire a tough time, I feel Scott McTominay was completely unbelievable for Man United in opposition to Liverpool and Luke Shaw.
“However Bruno Fernandes, I’m taking a look at his efficiency considering, ‘come on, you’ll be able to rating a great deal of penalties however in these large moments if you wish to win the league it’s good to step up a bit extra’.
“He’s been going lacking in these large video games.
“I’m not saying he’s not been completely unbelievable for them, however if you wish to be a staff that wins the Premier League, it’s a must to produce in these large video games.
“Even when it’s only one go or one piece of magic, Fernandes wants to do this on these moments, as a result of he acquired the ball in so many nice areas yesterday and he simply saved giving it away – it was so irritating.
“That’s the distinction between him and a participant like Kevin De Bruyne, who you recognize will flip up in each single sport.”