Former Chelsea Player Terms Manchester United as 'Bruno FC' and Wouldn't Make Top 6 Without the Portuguese Meastro
Former Chelsea star Jason Cundy has branded Manchester United as a one man team and believes that the Red Devils wouldn't even make it to the top 6 of the Premier League without their Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
In a heated clash of words with fellow talkSPORT host Andy Goldstein, Cundy told talkSPORT, "You are Bruno FC! Without Bruno, you wouldn't be in the top six. No Bruno, no party, and tonight shows it."
Cundy added, "You are SO RELIANT on Bruno and when he plays badly the whole team does. Did Bruno play well tonight? No, so Man United didn't play well. Look at the stats: when Bruno doesn't score, when Bruno doesn't assist, Man United are bang average!
He concluded, "Someone else has got to put a shift in. You look at Bruno's body language... they are so over-reliant on him."
United came up with a third consecutive draw when they faced Crystal Palace on Wednesday in the Premier League.
Bruno Fernandes is the heartbeat of this United side and in both previous games, he hasn't looked himself, which has affected the Red Devils in getting desired results.
"There's a lack of urgency and intensity at Man United," Cundy explained.
He added, "They were poor all over the pitch. Defensively they kept a clean sheet and [Dean] Henderson pulled off a good save. But there was no tempo, and that continued for 90 minutes."
Revealing his thoughts on what has to be the manager's role in this, Cundy said, "It's the manager's job at half-time, and this is where they seriously earn their money, to change the course of the game. You can have a bad 45 minutes, but let's not have another one... but they didn't improve. You're Man United! I don't think you should be waiting for someone else to appear."
Directly discrediting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Cundy suggested United should change managers as he said, "Let's say Nagelsmann, go and get him! If that's what it takes and Man United are going to be one of the biggest clubs in this country and going to get above City and Liverpool and want to get back to challenging in the Champions League -- just go and get him!"
He concluded, "It doesn't bother me one way or the other, but if I was a Man United fan right now, the end of the season is coming and you're thinking, 'Do we give Ole another three years or do we go and get Nagelsmann?' For me, you shouldn't need even three seconds to think about that."