Graeme Souness’ biggest Bruno Fernandes complaint from Man United draw

Graeme Souness was full of praise for Bruno Fernandes following Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday.

But the Liverpool legend warned the Portuguese that he must maintain his intensity for 90 minutes in the Premier League, claiming the midfielder was "absent" after the break.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring for the Toffees after closing down David de Gea and catching the keeper off-guard to rebound his goal kick home.

But United hit Everton back through Fernandes, who rifled one past Jordan Pickford.

Souness praised Fernandes for always looking to get the ball forward whenever he is in possession. But the Scot suggested the midfielder wasn't at the races in the second half, which ultimately cost United.

"He looks forward all the time. He gets his head up and wants to go forward all the time, he wants to strike the ball," said Souness on Sky Sports.

"He got lucky today with the goalkeeper's performance with that shot.

"He, like the rest of the Man United players, were fantastic today in the first half, they really were, they look a real team.

"But then in the second half, absent.

"Did Thursday catch up with them? Or is it a case of putting so much into the first half? But they were a shadow of themselves in the second half – him included.

"But I like him. I think he is a real addition to what they've got, and I think he'll get goals, but it is a case of him getting better and better when he finally adjusts to what our game is all about – which is intensity.

"Coming from Portuguese football it is not 'every week', if you play for Man United you have to be at it every week."

Red Devils hero Roy Keane was also asked for his opinion on Fernandes, and like Souness, was full of praise for the January signing from Sporting Lisbon.


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