Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased with Bruno Fernandes’ character during the Manchester Derby on Sunday despite the player’s brief confrontation with Man City boss Pep Guardiola.
Fernandes played his part in a 2 nil win against their city rivals by assisting Anthony Martial for the opener with a quick free-kick. He appeared to delight the Old Trafford faithful the more when he confronted Guardiola.
Man United were preparing for a throw-in when Guardiola threw the ball away and the pair engaged in a heated conversation.
The Portuguese appeared to ‘shush’ Guardiola and the gesture seemed to ask the City boss to relax before play restarted. The footage of the incident has since gone viral on social media and Solskjaer has revealed that he was pleased with the attitude of his new signing.
“You need character here, you need character at this club,” Solskjaer said when asked directly about Bruno Fernandes’ confrontation with Guardiola.
“This team, they have got that. They have learned through some hard times this season. We have been a young team and we have started something we believe in. Bruno has helped that.”
He was also pleased with his side’s performance: “Off the ball, defensively we did excellent. Counter attacking was excellent,” he said in his post-match press conference.
“We would like to keep the ball more and keep them running more but when you get the 1-0, we still created big enough chances to win more but David make saves. We still had chances.”
Solskjaer added: “It is a privilege to have players like this, the commitment, the desire, the humility to know they have to work their socks off. It is what the fans love about these players.”