It was a damning 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford against Bournemouth, and the closing minutes of the game provided some further bad news for Manchester United.
Having into the game, it was a known fact that if Fernandes was to be booked on Saturday, he would collect his fifth yellow card of the season - resulting in a one game Premier League suspension. As far as United’s misfortunes have gone this season, that is the exact nature of what happened as Bruno picked up a yellow card in the 83rd minute, meaning that he will miss Sunday’s clash against Liverpool.
Bruno featured in last season’s embarassing 7-0 defeat to the Reds and will be saved himself from the shame of leading his team out next weekend to a similar score line should the team replicate a performance like the one against Iraola’s side. United were lucky to not have conceded a late 4th which was ruled out for handball.
The Manchester United captain will be available during midweek in the all important clash against Bayern Munich to dictate the Red Devils fate in the Champions League after the New Year.
Red Devil Armada’s verdict:
It feels like a new low point in the season to be mauled by Bournemouth in front of the Old Trafford faithfuls. The team were rightly booed off, and scenes could look even uglier come the end of next week. If the surroundings of last season’s 7-0 defeat to Liverpool were bad, this time around the team are playing atrociously bad on an inconsistent level.
The timing of which is ever so misfortunate given that Liverpool look back to their best after last season’s blip and top the Premier League table. They will head into Sunday’s clash as heavy favourites, but that is only the cherry on top. United could face themselves dumped out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich and possibly not even qualify for Europa League football come the end of Tuesday night. It could end up being one of the worst weeks in Manchester United’s recent history and it is a job even harder without Bruno Fernandes on Sunday. The pressure piles on Erik Ten Hag and that could result in Tuesday’s game against the Bavarians being Fernandes’ last under Ten Hag if things go really sour.