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Roy Keane gives verdict on Fernandes as Man Utd star dropped by Portugal again

Roy Keane says Bruno Fernandes has looked leggy during Euro 2020 after the Manchester United midfielder was again dropped by Portugal.

Fernandes didn’t make the starting line-up for the second game in succession as the reigning champions were knocked out of the European Championship finals by Belgium.

The playmaker did come off the bench in the second half as Cristiano Ronaldo and co poured forward in search of an equaliser.

But Fernando Santos’ side were eliminated after they failed to cancel out Thorgan Hazard’s first-half rocket.

United legend Keane believed Fernandes looked tired after a punishing season with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Bruno Fernandes endured a frustrating night as Portugal crashed out of Euro 2020

The Portuguese star played 37 out of 38 Premier League games last term, starting all but two of those, also lining up in the majority of matches in other competitions.

Keane said United’s talisman looked tired – with Ian Wright agreeing.

“There are other options instead of Fernandes,” Keane said on ITV during the game, as he pondered the possibility of a penalty shootout.

“His body language hasn’t been great and the worry for Portugal will be if it turns into a shootout, he has plenty of players to call upon.”

Wright said the difference was clear to see between Fernandes and Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne, whose club has more options to rotate him.

“Fernandes has played so many games this season,” said the former Arsenal striker. “He is looking very tired during this competition and you can tell the difference with De Bruyne.”

Keane wasn’t impressed by second-half subs Fernandes or Joao Felix – branding the latter “an imposter”.

“Joao Felix when he came on, what did he do?” Keane blasted. “The guy is an imposter.

“What is he worth £100m? You have got to hit the target and if I was Ronaldo I would be going after him in the dressing room.”

“Belgium were very composed at the back but Portugal showed a real lack of quality in the final third,” he added. “Felix and Fernandes didn’t really affect the game, they didn’t have their shooting boots on.”

The win for Roberto Martinez’s men came at a cost, with both Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard limping off injured as they face a race to be fit for Friday’s quarter-final against Italy.




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