Bruno Fernandes has apologized for Manchester United’s embarrassing defeat to Bournemouth as the Portuguese star admitted his side did not have enough effort or quality. United suffered their first ever home defeat at lowly Bournemouth on Saturday as the Cherries swept to a shock 3-0 win. Erik ten Hag’s men were so poor that the margin of defeat could have been even more humiliating, but the result was already bad enough to elicit boos from fans at the final whistle. As pressure mounts on Ten Hag, United captain Fernandes said the players should take the blame for the miserable performance
“I want to apologize for the performance. It was not acceptable, starting with me. I’m not talking about anyone else,” he said.
“But I think everyone agrees in the dressing room that the performance (wasn’t) at our level and we need to perform much better.
“It was underperforming in terms of quality, effort and not as aggressive as we were in the last game against Chelsea.
“If you don’t do your job, you won’t win the game.”
Inconsistent United have lost 11 of their 23 games in all competitions this season.
Ten Hag admitted after the Bournemouth match that he did not believe his side had the quality to be consistent at the highest level.
Fernandes said he was at a loss as to why United are unable to maintain consistent form.
“I don’t know (why it was so different to Chelsea) but it has consistently been like this (this),” Fernandes told MUTV.
“When we win a game, the next game we don’t perform in the same way as we did before.
“I don’t know if it’s like a lack of concentration or focus or something else, but it’s something we have to pay attention to, after winning a game, we have to have that consistency in winning games.
“Even sometimes (if we do) underperform but get the result.”
United have little time to find a solution as they prepare for Tuesday’s do-or-die Champions League clash with Bayern Munich, where the Red Devils will only advance if they win, and the other Group A game between Copenhagen and Galatasaray ends in a draw.
Then comes a Premier League trip to rivals Liverpool next Sunday, a game Fernandes will miss after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Bournemouth.
“Obviously we know that the next game is going to be really tough,” Fernandes said.
“We have to win and of course wait for a good result in the second game for us.
“But we have to do our job first and foremost, and thinking and understanding that will be a tough fight for us.
“But we are more than capable of getting the result.”
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