By Kevin Campbell

21st Sep, 2022 | 12:32pm

Pundit issues Bruno Fernandes 'blame' claim after Man United teammate's reveal

Cristiano Ronaldo is not the reason for Bruno Fernandes’ mixed form at Man United, according to Kevin Campbell.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Arsenal and Everton striker claimed it is more to do with the way the team functions with and without Ronaldo.

Fernandes chipped in with 48 goal contributions in his first 53 Premier League games but only has 15 in his last 40 appearances.

The 28-year-old told the Athletic earlier this week (20 September) that it is “not fair” to blame his downturn on Ronaldo.

“Look, again, sometimes a player might not think it is but the stats might say something different,” Campbell told Football Insider assistant editor Dylan Childs.

“The player, obviously, in his head, it’s nothing to do with Ronaldo, it’s just maybe the way the team functions when Ronaldo is there or isn’t there.

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“It’s very difficult to blame somebody like Ronaldo, especially when you look at last season when he saved Man United so many times. It’s very difficult to look at it and say ‘He’s the one to blame’.

“No, sometimes, you look at yourself first and how the team functions. Sometimes, the team haven’t functioned well enough with Ronaldo in it.

“When he’s not there, the team seems to function in a different way and he gets better performances.

“It’s not Ronaldo’s fault, it’s just the way things go sometimes.”

Man United have won their last four Premier League games without Ronaldo in the starting XI.

Fernandes has started all six of their league games and has captained the side in the absence of Harry Maguire.

In other news, a medical insider has named Marcus Rashford’s return date after a new Man United “blow”.