Bruno Fernandes has been told he is a "pain in the a***" by a referee when Manchester United are losing.
The United midfielder is often spotted in conversation with officials and has built a reputation amongst fans for his complaining to them during matches since arriving at Old Trafford back in January 2020. His antics even saw him slammed for being "out of control" by former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino after he captained United against Liverpool earlier this season.
Fernandes has now opened up about his exchanges with referees, telling The Athletic: “I play for Man United, so I know all the cameras are on our players, but everyone in the Premier League does that.
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"At Crystal Palace, (Wilfried) Zaha is always moaning at the referee. It is because he gets fouled, so it is normal he moans at the referee. That’s normal!
"He wants his fouls and for the referee to give yellows (to opponents). Fernandinho, who was at Manchester City, was always moaning at the referee, and only kicking me!”
Asked if he thinks Premier League referees enjoy players moaning, he added: “Some of them like the way I am. They kind of joke about it sometimes.
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"One of the referees said to me, ‘Bruno, all the time you are winning, you are such a good guy. But when you are losing or drawing, oh my god, you are a pain in my ass’. I want to be like that. I want the referee to feel that I am pressing him and always there talking to him.”
Fernandes, who has worn the armband for United five times this season since Harry Maguire was dropped by Erik ten Hag, has been booked twice in the league this term.
The Portugal international has also played every minute in the league so far this campaign, scoring once and providing one assist during United's run of four straight wins.
United had lost both their opening two matches under Ten Hag but have since recovered to climb to fifth, despite not playing a league match for over two weeks. Their impressive run has included wins over both Liverpool and Arsenal.
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