Liverpool hero blasts Man United star, says he’s “a joke” for neglecting ‘fundamentals’ in defeat to Man City

Graeme Souness branded Bruno Fernandes a ‘joke’ and accused the Manchester United star of neglecting the ‘fundamentals’ in the build-up to Manchester City’s opening goal in Saturday’s derby at Old Trafford.

Pep Guardiola’s side flew out of the blocks and took the lead in the seventh minute, albeit in slightly fortuitous circumstances when Eric Bailly sliced Joao Cancelo’s cross into his own net.

Although the Ivory Coast international’s attempt to clear the ball was clumsy at best, Souncess’ ire was reserved for Fernandes who failed to track back and jogged towards his international teammate in a half-hearted attempt to block his centre.

He told Sky Sports: “Watch Fernandes here. ‘Why don’t you cross the ball here I’m not going to close you down’.

“It’s a simple thing but it’s a fundamental thing, stop the crosses. Stop the crosses, do your mates in the middle of the goal a favour by putting the ball under pressure to stop the cross.

“That is a joke and the second goal is brought about by people doing the same thing and not doing the fundamental things.”

Photo Credit: ManUtd/Twitter