Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has laughed off speculation that he fell out with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the recent 6-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
Fernandes was withdrawn at half-time of that game, which quickly prompted rumours that something may be up. The Portugal international was soon said to have clashed with his manager, with some reports even going as far as to suggest that he had lost faith in Solskjaer completely.
Such a situation would have come as a huge blow to United, but fortunately, it seems as though there's nothing to the claims whatsoever as Fernandes told Sport TV (via A Bola) that he felt it was simply an attempt to cause problems at Old Trafford.
"First it was a fight with team-mates, but when that didn't stick, it was a discussion with only one team-mate, and since that didn't stick, it is the discussion with Solskjaer," Fernandes said. "I believe it is a way to destabilise the group. What was said is in no way true.
"I was replaced at half-time, it is true, but for tactical reasons. The coach told me that the game was almost over and that we would have a lot of games ahead of us. Got it. I was not satisfied but said nothing that could harm the group."
"Do not use my name, my colleagues or the coach to make trouble at Manchester United. The atmosphere is good and the team is ready to give an answer in the next game."
It's not just Fernandes who has come out in defence of Solskjaer. Fellow midfielder Scott McTominay has also claimed that there is no lack of faith in the boss, despite an uninspiring start to the new season.
"The whole club is behind him," McTominay told TV2. "We believe in every word he says, and it's not just him. We trust every word from Mike Phelan, Kieran McKenna, Michael Carrick and the entire support staff."
United have struggled thus far this season, with their only Premier League victory coming in an unconvincing 3-2 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
Next up for United is a meeting with Newcastle, after which the Red Devils must prepare themselves for games against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, RB Leipzig, Arsenal, İstanbul Başakşehir and Everton.