Bruno Fernandes denies criticizing Cristiano Ronaldo with post-Manchester derby comments

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Bruno Fernandes hit back at claims he took a dig at former Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo with his post-match comments on Saturday.

Fernandes scored a late equalizer minutes before Marcus Rashford’s winner as United beat rivals Manchester City 2-1 at Old Trafford.

It was a fantastic result for Erik ten Haag’s side who have now won their last nine games in a row in all competitions.

Many have praised the Red Devils for their unity and togetherness in what has started a very difficult season for the club, and Fernandes, who captained United in the derby, also mentioned this in a post-match interview.

The 28-year-old told BT Sport: ‘[We] used to be individuals, now we’re a team. You can see the perfect team working for each other.’

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But some also interpreted it as throwing shade at Ronaldo, who left the club under a cloud last month following his exit with Ten Haag and his teammates.

In an explosive interview with Piers Morgan, the legendary forward hit out at United’s players, despite many accusing the 37-year-old of being arrogant and selfish.

But Fernandes, who is Ronaldo’s best friend from the Portugal national team, has now vehemently denied the claims through social media.

“I know it’s hard to see Manchester United doing well, [but I] have nothing [to say] about us on the news other than good things,” the attacking midfielder posted on his Instagram story.

“Cristiano was part of our team for half a season and, as I’ve said in many interviews, everyone from Liverpool has been amazing and doing like a proper team and you can see the results.

Don’t use my name to attack Cristiano. We carry on!’

United now move to just six points behind league leaders Arsenal and if other results go their way, they can move even on points with the Gunners if they beat them at the Emirates next Sunday.

Newcastle were helped by a strange Premier League rule as Mitrovic had a Fulham penalty disallowed

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had a penalty denied against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

Newcastle were helped by a strange Premier League rule on Sunday afternoon as Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had a penalty disallowed at St James’ Park because the ball touched both of his feet as he took it. The Magpies have been in sensational form this season and have reached the top four of the Premier League.

Newcastle dominated action agaaaaainst Fulham as they tested visiting goalkeeper Bernd Leno on several occasions. But midway through the second half, the Cottagers had a chance to take the lead after Kieran Trippier brought down Bobby de Cordova-Reid in the penalty area.

Mitrovic, who has already scored 11 goals in the Premier League this season, stepped up to taaaaake the penalty. But as he hit the ball with his right foot, he slipped and kicked on his left leg. The ball went beyond Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope and into the back of the net. But the goal was disallowed and Newcastle were awarded a free-kick.

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