Only some days ago, Bruno Fernandes at the end of Manchester United 2-1 derby win against Manchester City talked about former Red Devils star Cristiano Ronaldo. Fernandes, star of Manchester's hotly contested first goal, spoke to the BT Sport cameras.
He said: "I already said it before the match, now we look like a team. In recent times everyone played for themselves, but now on the pitch we are a real team, where everyone gives their all for their teammates. Thanks to those who posted my exact words.
I know it's hard to see Manchester United doing well, but I have nothing to say about us other than positive things. Don't use my name to attack Cristiano. Cristiano was part of the team for half the season and I have said in many interviews that everyone since the game against Liverpool has been outstanding and they have played as a team and now you are seeing the results.
Cristiano Ronaldo and the controversy in Qatar with the Portugal manager
The last few months have been quite difficult for Cristiano Ronaldo. The soccer player has catapulted himself into his new adventure at Al-Nassr, for what will be an experience that will bring the Portuguese a lot of money.
In Qatar, in the World Cup that ended a month ago, Cristiano Ronaldo experienced the last great disappointment of his career. After having his contract with Manchester United terminated due to an earlier controversial interview with the former Real Madrid star, the striker also ended up on the sidelines with Portugal, ending up on the bench against Switzerland and Morocco.
The Correio da Manhã newspaper revealed the sensational background. Before the round of 16 match against Switzerland, there would have been a rather heated verbal confrontation between Fernando Santos and Cristiano Ronaldo due to the latter's reaction following the substitution against South Korea.
Santos said: "You can't react like that, don't forget that I'm in charge here," the manager said with a hard face.
Behind the elimination at the World Cup there would be a dressing room clearly divided in two. According to rumors from Portugal, in fact, on the one hand the pro Christian party would have sided, on the other the one that has decided not to turn its back on its manager.