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Bruno Fernandes points finger of blame as he addresses Cristiano Ronaldo criticism
Bruno Fernandes points finger of blame as he addresses Cristiano Ronaldo criticism

Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo have not enjoyed the successful relationship at Manchester United that they have struck up at international level for Portugal.Bruno Fernandes has rejected suggestions that his Manchester United form is adversely impacted when Cristiano Ronaldo is playing.

The two stars are teammates at both club and international level, but Fernandes' form nosedived after Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford last summer. Having bagged 29 goals and provided 19 assists in his first 53 Premier League appearances since joining in January 2020, the former Sporting CP playmaker's numbers dipped drastically after Ronaldo joined.

He has scored just eight goals and notched up only seven goal assists in the last 40 Premier League matches, with his own downfall in form coinciding with United – who slumped to a sixth-placed finish last season having recorded successive top-three finishes prior to that.Ronaldo has started just one Premier League game so far this season – the humiliating four-goal loss at Brentford – but has been a substitute in the four matches since when United have secured 12 points from 12 with Fernandes scoring and assisting goals in that run.
But Fernandes explained in an interview with The Athletic that there was no link between his numbers and Ronaldo's presence: "Most of my assists last season were for him, so I don't think (it is fair). I just had a poor season in terms of my own numbers. I don't think it is about Cristiano or myself."Before he came, I was also taking the penalties, but I had two chances to take the penalties last season and I missed both. So I cannot blame Cristiano for taking penalties, especially when he scores them.
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