Bruno Fernandes has revealed he still talks to his former Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
It's been almost a year since Solskjaer was given his marching orders by United chiefs, with the Norwegian manager still yet to find a new club. His final few weeks in charge of the Red Devils were a dark time for everyone involved at the club.
But the manner of his departure has ultimately not tarnished his achievements as a player at Old Trafford, nor did it damage his relationship with Fernandes, whom he bought to the Premier League in January 2020.
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"He still sends me some messages and says congratulations for certain things," the United midfielder told The Athletic. "He’s someone who I want to remain in touch with. I said that to him before he left the club."
Fernandes, who was told "be yourself" by Solskajer upon his arrival to England, went on to describe him as "an amazing person, the kind of guy who cares about everyone, who tries to make everyone happy".
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And that strong bond between the pair led the former to defend the latter when he was coming under increasing amounts of pressure as the end neared for him.
Following what would be his final match at the helm, a disastrous 4-1 defeat at Watford, Solskjaer was booed by sections of the travelling fans, prompting Fernandes to appear to them tell to direct their anger at him and his team-mates instead.
He continued: "After Watford, it was like some people were booing him. I did not like it because I felt, ‘Why not do that to us?’. We were the ones who went on the pitch and lost the game.
"At that moment, I felt someone needed to step up or protect him. I didn’t want to take the blame for Ole, but for everyone to take responsibility together.
"It was not a good period and it was not always Ole with the problem, because he did great things before."
Solskjaer was sacked the following day, going on to hold an emotional interview with the club. Fernandes admitted: "When he came to say goodbye to everyone, it was a tough message for him and really difficult. You could feel it was probably one of the worst days of his life."
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