Gary Neville, Manchester United legend, has slammed Bruno Fernandes after he delivered a long apology following his stoppage-time penalty miss against Aston Villa on Saturday.
The Portuguese midfielder, who is typically fearless from the spot, blew a chance to earn a point for United at Old Trafford over the weekend when he blasted his effort far over the crossbar and into the top stand.
Fernandes addressed his penalty miss in a roughly 300-word social media post late Saturday evening, thanking supporters for their support and promising to “keep doing everything I can to aid my teammates.”
His statement was identical to one given by Jesse Lingard just a week before when the midfielder apologized for a poor back pass that allowed Young Boys to score in stoppage time.
However, Neville has blasted the increasing practice of players releasing comments to apologise for every minor error in matches, calling it “embarrassing,” and suggesting Fernandes and Lingard fire their public relations staff.
When asked on Twitter if players should apologize after missing a penalty, the former right-back said, ‘It’s embarrassing!’ They need to fire their public relations staff, talk with sincerity, and get on with it.
‘I’m going to go big on this in the next few weeks. They’ve all got these communications managers that are creating personalities that don’t exist!’