Emotional Bruno Fernandes seen venting his frustration at referees for VAR delay at half-time in new Europa League final tunnel cam footage… with Manchester United star also furiously claiming Villarreal defender Juan Foyth was time-wasting
- Manchester United lost on penalties to Villarreal in the Europa League final
- United went into half-time trailing and Bruno Fernandes showed his frustration
- He slammed the referees for taking ‘three minutes’ to make a VAR decision
- The Portuguese also claimed Tottenham loanee Juan Foyth was time-wasting
New tunnel cam footage has revealed Bruno Fernandes venting his frustration at the Europa League final referees at half-time of Manchester United’s defeat by Villarreal.
United failed in their attempt to end a four-year wait for a trophy after losing 11-10 on penalties in Gdansk, with David de Gea’s spot kick saved by his opposite number Geronimo Rulli.
Solskjaer’s men went into the break behind following an insipid first-half display after Gerard Moreno’s effort, before Edinson Cavani equalised for United in the second half.
An emotional Bruno Fernandes was visibly frustrated with the referees at half-time of the Europa League final
United lost to Villarreal 11-10 on penalties as the four-year hunt for a trophy continued
But Portugal international Fernandes was visibly angrier than most having emerged from the dressing room following Norwegian boss’ half-time team talk and showed his frustration at the referees.
The 26-year-old criticised the length of time it took the officials to make a VAR decision, while also insisting Tottenham loanee Juan Foyth was time-wasting after he was accidentally kneed in the head by Paul Pogba.
The Argentine suffered a nosebleed and required a headband before needing attention again just a few minutes later when his nose began bleeding again.
‘The number eight goes twice,’ Fernandes is heard saying in the behind-the-scenes clip that has come to light from inside the tunnel.
In the tunnel cam footage, Fernandes claimed Villarreal defender Juan Foyth, wearing No 8, was timewasting
Foyth required a headband after suffering a nosebleed following a nasty collision with Paul Pogba
Fernandes also criticised the officials for the length of time it took to make a VAR call
‘One time he stays down one minute. After again and then after the goal.
‘You wait one time for VAR. Three minutes?’
Fernandes and the rest of United’s side as well as Unai Emery’s men then make their way out for the second half, with substitute Fred heard trying to encourage his team-mates.
The Brazil international says: ‘Let’s go guys, let’s go guys. Come on. Eh Scotty [McTominay], second ball, be careful’
A shout directed towards forward Marcus Rashford – who also struggled for fluency in the first half – can also be overheard in the background.
Fred (right) is then heard encouraging his United team-mates as they went out for the second half
A voice is also heard trying to spur on United striker Marcus Rashford for the second period
He says: ‘Rashy, come on mate.’
Fernandes captained United on the night in the absence of the injured Harry Maguire but was criticised for appearing to let the LaLiga outfit go first in the shootout despite winning the coin toss.
But posting on social media after the game, Fernandes issued a call for unity among the squad.
‘We win together and we lose together,’ he wrote.
‘When someone fails we all fail, when someone scores we all score, when someone does a save we all save… Always UNITED.’
Fernandes was criticised for letting Villarreal go first in the shootout despite winning the toss
Fellow midfielder Pogba also stated United would bounce back from the setback, adding: ‘I needed some days to reflect after the match.
‘Of course, very upset not to win the final but we’re a team that will look forward with our heads held high.
‘Thank you to all of the fans for the support. We will come back stronger.’
The footage of a clearly revved-up Fernandes, who was pictured in floods of tears after the match, comes after club legend Paul Scholes questioned if the United players were hurt by the defeat.
‘A few players, it doesn’t hurt them. Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani, they won’t like it,’ he told BT Sport.
‘They look like they’re proper hurt, the others it can look acceptable, even from the manager. They’ve become a nice club.’