Soon-to-be Manchester United owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe calls out Bruno Fernandes’ ‘play acting’ and ‘exaggeration’ of fouls

Bruno Fernandes' prowess as a captain has been a talking point recently due to Man United poor form.

Soon-to-be Manchester United owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe calls out Bruno Fernandes’ ‘play acting’ and ‘exaggeration’ of fouls

Sir Jim Ratclife and Bruno Fernandes (Via X/@TJayyyy_1)

Sir Jim Ratcliffe‘s latest book Grit, Rigour & Humour: The INEOS Story features a surprising member of the Manchester United squad. Red Devils captain Bruno Fernandes may not have the most comfortable of reads of the book. The businessman has taken a few lines from his book to make ‘fun’ of the Portuguese’s ‘play-acting and ‘exaggeration’ of fouls during Manchester United games.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe looks all set to take over the reins at Manchester United. The 71-year-old will soon claim a 25% stake at the club, with a significant amount of ‘decision-making’ authority going to the Billionaire as well. Ratcliffe battled it out with Sheikh Jassim to secure a £1.4 billion investment in the club. The club is reportedly seeking to finalize the deal ahead of Christmas so that the January transfer window proceedings do not get impacted.


In his book, Ratcliffe drew a comparison between players in a Cook Island Rugby match to Bruno Fernandes. Radcliffe “felt the ground tremble every single time a Cook Islander collided with another local during a rugby match“.

He also added that another was carried off on the back of a pick-up with a broken leg. He was most likely referring to Bruno Fernandes’ ‘play acting’ during Liverpool’s 7-0 thrashing of United.

..a far cry from Bruno Fernandes clutching his untouched face in the Liverpool debacle recently.

Bruno Fernandes apologizes for poor display against Bournemouth

Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes has owned up to the fans after Saturday’s poor showing against Bournemouth. The United #10 apologized to the fans after United fell 3-0 at home to Bournemouth for the first time in their history. However, United were so poor against the Cherries that they could only manage a total of 3 shots on target. While Erik ten Hag once again came under pressure, Fernandes said that the players should take responsibility for the loss.

Bruno Fernandes
Man United was thoroughly beaten at Old Trafford by Bournemouth (Via X/@ESPNFC)
I want to apologize for the performance. This was not acceptable, starting with me.

He also clarified that he was only talking about himself and nobody else in the squad. Fernandes also admitted that the consensus in the “dressing room” is that the performance was not at the desired level and that they had to play better. He also admitted that quality and effort were lacking from their side.

We weren’t as aggressive as the Chelsea game” admitted Fernandes. He also owned up to not “doing their job” against Bournemouth. To make things ‘worse’, United’s captain was at a loss for words after the loss. “I don’t know, but it’s been consistently like this,” said Bruno. A lack of consistency and poor showings in the Premier League forced United to find themselves at 6th in the league table. Erik ten Hag and his men now face Bayern Munich and Liverpool in their next 2 games.

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