Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has claimed that Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes is starting to grow tired of underwhelming performances from some of his teammates.
Fernandes immediately emerged as a dressing room leader following his move to the club in January 2020, and his return of 34 goals and 21 assists since making the move has him well clear on the charts for both stats at the club.
He has rarely shied away from voicing his frustration towards any poor United performances, but Wright believes that Fernandes' tensions are growing and spilling out on to the pitch at times.
"I look at Bruno Fernandes and he just seems to be getting more and more frustrated with people when I’m watching him," Wright said on the Wrighty's House podcast.
"I don’t want people to take this wrong and say, 'Oh, Wrighty’s digging him out'. I’m not digging him out, I just look at leaders like him, he’s obviously the leader of Manchester United, it’s blatantly obvious to see.
"Dennis [Bergkamp] was the leader for us on the pitch and I never saw him get frustrated with individuals to the point where he was turning and doing that thing because it’s so demoralising for you. He looks like a perfectionist, if everything is not bang on perfect he seems to be upset."
United have endured a handful of tough games since the start of 2021. A surprise defeat to Sheffield United and frustrating draws with Arsenal, Everton and West Brom weren't great, but Fernandes' form has not wavered in terms of numbers.
The midfielder has racked up four goals and three assists in his last four league games, with a two-goal haul against Real Sociedad thrown in there as well, and teammate Daniel James insisted Fernandes' role as a leader has never been in doubt.
“It just is what you see on the TV,” James told a press conference (via the club's official website). “Bruno has been unbelievable since he's come in and not just on the pitch, but off the pitch as well.
“He's a real character and he's brought a lot to the changing room. You can see he's brought a lot to the pitch.”