Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has opened up on a ‘fight’ with Alex Telles and Fred. The Portugal international has been in sensational form this season, scoring 26 goals across all competitions. And he’s now shed light on his team-mates, revealing he’s had arguments over who the best player of all time is.
Fernandes is a combative character on the pitch for United.
And it seems as though the 26-year-old is equally confrontational off the field, admitting he’s rowed with Telles and Fred over who the world’s greatest player is.
He told the club’s official website: “They [Fred and Telles] always talk about who is the best player in the world, in history, blah blah…
“We always fight because they say Pele was the best in the history of football and I’m talking and I put Cristiano in the middle, of course.
“For me, Cristiano and [Lionel] Messi, I always say, both make history for many years and they were capable of being at the top for many years.
“And, of course, the same as me, they have never seen Pele play so they can’t say he was the best because they never saw him. They say it because they’re Brazilian and, in Brazil, they say it.
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“I think Pele is one of the best in the world because I hear people talking about him and I’ve seen some history and some videos and you watch and everyone can see [Diego] Maradona, Eusebio and people talk about Pele as being the best of all time.
“We always talk about Rivaldo and Figo and which one was the best. Who was the worst and who was the best.
“So, for me as a Portuguese, I always defend my players. It doesn’t matter if I like them or not, I defend the Portuguese players every time.
“So this is a fight between Brazilian and Portuguese people but it is more of a joke than other stuff.”
Fernandes also feels United can challenge for the Premier League title next term, despite Manchester City’s brilliant form under Pep Guardiola.
“I think honestly the team has improved a lot since I arrived,” he said.
“I feel the improvement but I think the team is improving since the coach arrived.
“He’s trying to put his hand on the team and make it better and better. I have to talk about since I am here and, since I am here, I feel the team is improving but for what I see before is the team before was already improving and giving big steps, sometimes [it] falls down but trying to be consistent.
“I think Manchester United has to be a contender every season for the title, for every trophy and not just for the Premier League.
“For every trophy. I think the team can do better and we know that.
“We have to improve and keep on improving, like I’ve said, if we want to be champions. We have to be the best version of ourselves.”
Fernandes insists he has an excellent relationship with Paul Pogba, too, who has been reborn in recent times.
“My relationship with Paul since the beginning, as I met Paul already in Italy, I already know him with much, much relation but, of course, we have a good relationship,” he said.
“I think, on the pitch, there is still to come the best for both of us.
“We can do much better together. I think we are doing better now because people and players are concerned about who they might mark – we have Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the same places, the same pockets.
“Sometimes it is difficult for players to find who to mark and who to give freedom and so it’s good for the team.
“That is the best for us because we know we can help the team playing together. I think when you play with the best, your best comes out also.
“For me, playing with Paul, it’s playing with one of the best players in the world. So I think the best of me comes out and it’s helped me to have those kind of qualities.
“And the good thing is, out of the pitch, we have really, really good relations now with perudo, the game we all play in the team.
“It’s getting better, the connections with the team, because when you have those kind of connections, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a game of cards, perudo now, and ludo is the one I sometimes play with Fred.
“I think it’s really good for us and the team. You know, sometimes, it’s just five or six of us playing but the rest of the team is watching and saying don’t put that, put this or don’t say that, say this.
“That’s good for the spirit of the team and it’s really good. I think Paul is one of the players who has a good spirit, good moments in the dressing room.
“He’s a really funny guy and can always have something good to say to make people laugh.”