‘He needs to explain himself’: Bruno Fernandes is scolded on social media for his ’embrassing’ dive after throwing himself to ground despite minimal contact with Ezri Konsa in Man United’s win over Aston Villa
- Manchester United beat Aston Villa 4-2 in the Carabao Cup on Thursday
- Bruno Fernandes scored as the Red Devils twice came from behind
- The midfielder received criticism for a moment where he appeared to dive
Bruno Fernandes may have contributed a goal and an assist against Aston Villa on Thursday night but it was another incident in the game that had most fans talking about him.
United came through a thrilling second half to twice come from behind and beat Aston Villa 4-2 in the Carabao Cup third round.
Fernandes played a key role in the victory but his performance was overshadowed by one rather shameful moment.
Man United star Bruno Fernandes has been slammed for diving in their win over Aston Villa
The Portugal playmaker went to ground under miminal contact during a challenge with Ezri Konsa in the Carabao Cup clash
The 28-year-old ran into Villa defender Ezri Konsa during a set piece and threw himself to the floor, conning referee David Coote into giving United another free-kick.
Viewers immediately took to social media after seeing the replay, slamming the Portugal international who clearly knew what he was doing.
‘Embarrassed for him,’ wrote one while another labelled him ‘the biggest cheat in football’.
Another had clearly had enough after what isn’t the first of these sort of incidents, tweeting: ‘He needs to stand in front of the cameras and explain his cheating actions’.
The former Sporting Lisbon star went on to score and provide an assist in the 4-2 victory
One added: ‘Cheating – pure and simple. Wonderful player but what an example of the modern footballer mentality.’
‘Never seen a player as shameless as Bruno,’ read another tweet.
A rousing second-half display from Manchester United earned the hosts the 4-2 triumph.
After a uneventful first half, the game sprang to life just after the break as Ollie Watkins clipped Villa into the lead, before the hosts went straight down the other end to level through Anthony Martial.
The chances kept coming and Villa retook the lead after Diogo Dalot inadvertently diverted the ball into his own net, only for United to quickly equalise again, Marcus Rashford applying the finish.
The game opened up as it approached the latter stages and Fernandes, played in by substitute Alejandro Garnacho, put United ahead with a shot, off the back of Villa defender Tyrone Mings, 12 minutes from time.
Scott McTominay added a late fourth for United to put the seal on a exhilarating win over Villa who beat them 3-1 in the Premier League on Sunday.