Frank LeBouef has revealed that he was disappointed and annoyed by Bruno Fernandes’ underwhelming performance for Manchester United in the Europa League final against Villareal.
The Portuguese star deputized as United captain in the absence of the injured Harry Maguire but was unable to inspire the team to victory which crowned another trophyless season for the Red Devils.
The Red Devils appeared to be on course after drawing level through Edinson Cavani but the Yellow Submarines neutralized their threats with ease and triumphed in the ensuing marathon penalty shootout.
Fernandes converted his penalty kick to keep the Red Devils on course for the title but was nullified for a very large part of the 120 minutes of action and the former Chelsea star was angered by his constant complaining to referee Clement Turpin and other antics.
‘He annoyed me,’ the French World Cup winner told ESPNFC. ‘At certain points he was always complaining to the referees like he did today, always trying to find injustice and trying to be the sheriff on the field.
‘Yeah, he annoyed me. On top of it yes, an excellent player but not there when you really need him in big games. Today was a big game and we hardly saw him.’
On the other hand, Man United legends Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes were of the opinion that former Arsenal manager Unai Emery deserved credit for crafting a plan that thwarted Bruno Fernandes’ genius during the game.
‘Obviously it’s a really disappointing night. I thought it was a really poor game on the whole really. Three shots on target all night, United would be the ones you’d expect to take the game to them,’
ex-United and England midfielder Scholes said.
‘We spoke a lot before the game about the effect Bruno Fernandes has for United. ‘Unai Emery is probably the first manager who has really tried to snuff that out and he did that tonight.