The 27-year-old was caught appearing dishing out an expletive-filled rant towards the Brazilian duo, who were filming at the club’s Carrington training base. Fernandes urged Telles and Fred to stop filming and concentrate on football during an abysmal season at Old Trafford.
Their encounter was filmed as part of Telles’ ‘A day in the life’ video with Brazilian football marketing agency O Clube Football. The pair of Red Devils players were stood in the car park when their Portuguese colleague – tipped as a potential club captain – spotted them and called out in his native language: “Stop being such ‘ballers!”
Fernandes appeared to further blast the two, telling them: “You are here to play football, not film it,” before instructing the camera crew to: “Film my d**k.” Bemused by his reaction, Telles and Fred attempted to suppress the situation from going any further by saying: “Chill out you f*****!”
While the midfielder’s outburst will have done no favours as far as team spirit at Old Trafford goes, supporters have praised Fernandes for his no-nonsense approach.
“Need more of this mentality,” one fan wrote on Twitter after watching the video. “Enough Lingards and Pogbas. Need more Vidic and Keane mentality in the dressing room.” Another added: “That character was shown by Roy Keane. He deserves to be the next #MUFC captain.”
While Harry Maguire is expected to remain United’s captain under new manager Erik ten Hag, there have been reports which suggest that the armband may well be hand over this summer. Ten Hag, however, was full of praise for the England international during his first press conference.
“Next season is a different season but I think he did a great job. He’s a great player,” the former Ajax boss told reporters when asked about potentially stripping Maguire of the captaincy. “He achieved already a lot in his contribution to Manchester United. I’m looking forward to working with him.”
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Whatever the outcome, though, the footage of Fernandes firing back has highlighted how seemingly volatile Carrington can be when it comes to first-team affairs. Having finished sixth last season, the dressing room was labelled a “disaster” by now ex-United midfielder Jesse Lingard, according to club legend Paul Scholes.
“It’s an absolute mess. It’s a disaster of a dressing room,” Scholes revealed while on punditry duty for DAZN following his former side’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal in April. “I had a quick chat with Jesse the other day. I’m sure he won’t mind me saying. He said, ‘the dressing room is just a disaster’.”