Manchester United legend Roy Keane says that Bruno Fernandes looked tired during Euro 2020 after the Red Devils midfielder was dropped again by Portugal in the knockout game against Belgium.
Fernandes was not in the starting line-up for the second game in a row as the reigning champions of the competition were knocked out of the competition by Belgium.
The Manchester United playmaker came on as a sub in the second half as the team poured forward in search of an equalizer. However, they failed to do so and were eventually eliminated by the lone goal that was scored by Thorgan Hazard.
It can be recalled that the Portuguese star was a mainstay in Manchester United’s starting lineups last season and played 37 out of 38 Premier League games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He failed to stat just two games.
Keane and Ian Wright agreed that he looked tired during the competition in an interview with ITV during the game as they thought that the game might go to penalties: “There are other options instead of Fernandes,”
“His body language hasn’t been great and the worry for Portugal will be if it turns into a shootout, he has plenty of players to call upon.”
Wright pointed out that there was a clear difference between Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes as his club had more options to rotate him.
“Fernandes has played so many games this season,” said the former Arsenal striker. “He is looking very tired during this competition and you can tell the difference with De Bruyne.”
Meanwhile, Keane was unimpressed with him and fellow sub, Joao Felix and branded the Atletico Madrid player an imposter.
“Joao Felix when he came on, what did he do?” Keane blasted. “The guy is an imposter.
“What is he worth £100m? You have got to hit the target and if I was Ronaldo I would be going after him in the dressing room.”
“Belgium were very composed at the back but Portugal showed a real lack of quality in the final third,” he added. “Felix and Fernandes didn’t really affect the game, they didn’t have their shooting boots on.”
The win came at a cost for Roberto Martinez’s men as both Eden Hazard and De Bruyne limped off and face a race in time to be ready for Friday’s quarter-final clash against Italy.