Martin Keown has hit out at ‘really annoying’ Bruno Fernandes and says Manchester United may need to replace the midfielder if his petulance continues to be an issue.
Fernandes was widely criticised after United’s record-breaking 7-0 defeat to Premier League rivals Liverpool on Sunday.
Old Trafford legend Gary Neville said his behaviour and attitude during the game was ‘disgraceful’, with Fernandes seen diving and moaning at his team-mates.
Fernandes, 28, also pushed one of the referee’s assistants towards the end of the game, but does not appear set to be punished for the incident.
Keown admits Fernandes ‘really annoys’ him and says a ‘decision will have to made’ if the Portugal international continues to let his emotions get the better of him.
‘All of the characteristics that were evident on Sunday have been there since he came to the UK,’ Keown told talkSPORT.
‘I can’t even look at him because it annoys the hell out of me but I try to look at what he can do rather than the things that really annoy me because he has got a great talent.
‘But the decision has to be made, this new Manchester United is he going to be a part of that?
‘Paul Pogba was a player they had this power struggle with between him and Fernandes and Fernandes was taking top job and come in with a new contract.
‘Did they make the right call? We’re either of them good enough? They have to look is that the type of player they want.
‘They want his creativity, they want his 11 assists, they want his seven goals but do they want those personality traits that really annoy you?
‘I think I would have to say to him stop feigning injuries, stop looking for advantages, it’s going against us.
‘As a neutral watching that, you look at some of the players reactions. It’s not the same situation as rugby union or rugby league, I think you can actually say it [to a captain] .
‘It’s very contrasting, Roy Keane must be watching that and his [Fernandes’ behaviour] is so much opposite to what Roy Keane was.
‘It’s annoying but is that the modern day player? He is far from perfect, he can change, and Ten Hag has to try to and if he can’t then he has to go.’
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