Former Aston Villa captain Gabriel Agbonlahor has slammed Bruno Fernandes for his lackluster performances for Manchester United since the start of the season.
In an interview with talkSPORT, Agbonlahor pointed out that with players like the 27-year-old Portuguese, it is very difficult to share a dressing room and play in the same team.
“Since coming to the Premier League, Fernandes has put up some great stats like goals, assists, etc., but he looks like a terrible team-mate. Every time someone makes a mistake, he gets booed, then booed to the bench “, declared the former Villa ace.
Agbonlahor compared Fernandes to former United star Paul Pogba, who was regularly criticized during his time at Old Trafford for not giving his all for the team.
“I’ve played with players like him who infuriate you. If it was Paul Pogba, they would tear the media apart,” he added.
Agbonlahor also asked why Fernandes is not criticized like the other players in Eric ten Haag’s team:
“Fernandez gets away with it dry. Have you seen him do anything good? It’s easiest to point the finger at Maguire, Ronaldo, Rashford or Sancho. I can’t remember the last time Bruno had a decent game. He just lifts hands in the air. Even when he messes up. Gives you the wrong pass and blames you. That’s the kind of player it is. Those are the worst possible teammates,” he added.
After signing for the club in the January 2020 transfer window, Fernandes enjoyed a successful debut season, scoring eight Premier League goals in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full championship at the club.
The former Sporting Lisbon star built on his initial success with an excellent 2020/21 Premiership campaign, contributing 28 goals in 58 appearances as United finished second in the league.
Despite starting last campaign in incredible fashion with a hat-trick against Leeds in the first round, the Portuguese failed to continue his rise, scoring just once in the last ten Championship games. The Red Devils eventually finished sixth under interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
Meanwhile, Agbonlahor also discussed the situation surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo.
A few days ago, the platform The Athletic revealed about the poisonous atmosphere at United, which is largely due to the superstar.
The material stated how Cristiano ate alone in the base canteen and loudly criticized Ten Haag’s demands for a constant high press.
“Ronaldo is the rotten egg at Manchester United. I think there are a lot of players in the team that he doesn’t communicate with. There are rumors about how he separates himself from the others. I think there is a very toxic atmosphere in their dressing room. Manchester United need to get rid of him as soon as possible,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
Ronaldo returned to Manchester United in August 2021 after previously playing for the English side from 2003 to 2009.
Last season, the Portuguese scored 24 goals and made 3 assists in 39 games for the team in all competitions.
The 37-year-old striker wants to leave United to join a club that will play in the Champions League.