Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes was rested for their FA Cup clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford – but he had a word of warning for his team-mates in the build-up.
And with the Portuguese maestro sat on the bench, his pre-game advice seemed to fall on deaf ears in the early stages.
Mohamed Salah scored the opener after a fine through ball from Roberto Firmino to give Liverpool an early lead, only for Mason Greenwood to equalise shortly afterwards.
But Salah’s exquisite finish came after Fernandes warned his team-mates that Liverpool’s misfiring front-three must still be given the utmost respect despite their recent form.
Fernandes predicted Salah and Firmino to cause problems for United – but they were unable to prevent the pair combining for the opening goal.
Speaking ahead of the game, Fernandes told the club’s official website : “I think teams have moments. I don’t think Liverpool are playing poorly. I think they don’t win and this is the point.
“When teams don’t win, everyone talks about that. When players don’t score, everyone talks about that.
“I feel that on me because I know the standard is high, because I arrived and I scored a lot of goals and make a lot of assists, and everyone is wanting goals and assists from me.
“It is the same – everyone expects goals from Salah, from Firmino and from Mane. They are not scoring in the last games and it starts feeling like ‘oh, they are not playing well’.
“They create, they play, but the other teams are playing better and, as I said before, they have more qualities to play.
“Every team goes there to play maybe without the pressure of the fans. Teams play a little bit more comfortably and, as I say, I think it is a moment.
“We don’t have to look at that moment because big teams and big players can show in every moment.”
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