Revealed: Why Fernandes Was Subbed In 6-1 Defeat To Spurs

Manchester United players lost their temper during the interval of their 6-1 Premier League defeat to Tottenham on Sunday, according to reports.

The Red Devils have endured a nightmare start to the new season and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already under pressure.

And The Athletic say that United players were raging at half-time, with the club already 4-1 down and a man down at this point with Anthony Martial seeing red.

It’s claimed that Bruno Fernandes was ‘particularly vocal’ as anger erupted but that his substitution was merely tactical, rather than as a result of his annoyance.

The report also says United players were furious at Tottenham’s Erik Lamela, whose antics saw Martial dismissed early into the contest.

An insider reportedly said: “The players thought he was a disgrace.

“At half-time the United players all knew Lamela had faked it. They were angry. Jose did a masterstroke to take him out.”

And players were crushed after the game, with a source quoted as saying: “In the dressing room, of course everyone was so massively disappointed and Ole was angry.’’

On Fernandes’ anger, another source is quoted as saying: “I don’t think anyone would be pleased getting taken off, because it looks to the world like it’s your fault.

“Bruno can be direct but in this case he has three games coming with the national team and the impression was that Ole wanted to save him and protect him from getting too frustrated on the field.”

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Solskjaer tried to lift the mood after the defeat but did admit it was the worst day of his United career, both as player and manager.

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