Bruno Fernandes disclosed how he guides younger Manchester United players in handling criticism of their performances.
Due to the club’s size and the high expectations on the team, the Red Devils frequently face intense media scrutiny. In an interview with TNT Sports, Fernandes emphasized the importance for senior players to assist young prospects in “learning” from subpar displays.
“I think for young players when they come through, it’s easier in the beginning but it gets hard when they start doing something really good because as soon as they get some game where it’s not going so well they’re going to get the criticism,” Fernandes said.
“They have to deal with that and I think us as experienced players, senior players, we have to help them on that and make sure they understand that it’s not everything bad when [things] go wrong and it’s not everything perfect when it goes good.
Fernandes tries to help Man United’s youngster in other ways than football
“It’s not only on football, you always try to help everyone that you know. I’m a father now so my daughter, for example, goes to gymnastics and sometimes she wins and sometimes she doesn’t get onto the podium and you have to make her understand that some days you win and some days you learn.”
Manchester United players have faced criticism for their performances during the 2023/24 campaign, marked by nine defeats in all competitions. However, recent improvements in the Premier League, with three consecutive wins and no goals conceded, have been noteworthy.
The team’s most impressive outing this season, a 3-0 victory against Everton, saw young players Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo play key roles. Garnacho scored a remarkable overhead kick, while Mainoo received praise for his performance in his first-ever start for the Red Devils. United fans are hopeful for continued impressive displays from the duo in the upcoming UEFA Champions League match against Galatasaray.