Carrick says he's yet to speak with incoming Man Utd boss Rangnick
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Manchester United attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes has opened up about his honest feelings on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being sacked as manager. Following three years in charge, Solskjaer was dismissed last month after a dreadful run of form culminated in a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road.
Former Schalke and RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick will take charge until the end of the season, after which a permanent successor to Solskjaer will be appointed.
Speaking to Amazon Prime ahead of his side’s game against Arsenal on Thursday, Fernandes blamed the players for Solskjaer’s dismissal – but admitted a change can somebody give everyone a much-needed fresh start.
“He (Solskjaer) was the manager that signed me,” Fernandes said. “We all know when the players are not good and the results don’t come then the coaches pay for that.
“It is everyone’s fault that Ole lost his job and we know that. Sometimes it’s good to change coach because it gives players that burn to give their best because I think we have lacked confidence in the past.
“It was a negative for everyone and it is not only about the manager, even the players we felt like something has happened so we cannot enjoy ourselves, we cannot give our best.”
Fernandes has been criticised for his performances in recent weeks, especially against Chelsea at the weekend, with many suggesting he has been nowhere near his best since the arrival of his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.
But the 27-year-old does not seem too worried about the naysayers, and insists he is doing what interim manager Michael Carrick is asking of him.
“For me, it doesn’t matter how good or bad I’m playing at the moment or in the past because it’s always good to improve,” he added.
“Since the first game of the season where I scored three goals, I don’t think that was my best performance at the club. I know against Chelsea it probably wasn’t my best performance but I think defensively I think I was really good and did what I was asked to do. My job is doing what the team and the manager need.”
Carrick will take charge of his last game against Arsenal, with Rangnick stepping into the hotseat for the match versus Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday.
And Fernandes continued: “For everything I have heard about him (Rangnick) he is a person everyone respects in world football. He is a really good manager.
“Offensive, he likes to press high, he’s intense – I like that, I’m an intense player. I hope so [being the best suited player for Rangnick’s system]. Every player wants to be the perfect player to the manager.”
Following the clash against Palace, United have a Champions League dead rubber against Young Boys, with the Red Devils having already secured first place in their group.
And Rangnick may choose to rotate his starting XI to give him a better idea of his team ahead of the trip to Norwich on December 11.
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