Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that his player, Bruno Fernandes, sometimes frustrated him when he tried to pass difficult balls despite the presence of an easier option, but stressed the need to allow the Portuguese player to constantly take risks in light of the need for his influence in matches.
United drew (2-2) with Leicester City in the English Premier League on Saturday, after Fernandes contributed to his club’s goals, and assumed part of the responsibility for the first goal of the opposing team.
Fernandes passed the ball to Marcus Rashford while he fell to the ground at the opening of the scoring at King Power Stadium in the 23rd minute, but he easily missed the ball before Harvey Barnes realized, a draw for the hosts.
The Portuguese player compensated by scoring the lead for United in the 79th minute, but Leicester grabbed a draw after a goal by Axel Tuanzebe, by mistake, in his own net, to let United miss the opportunity to rise up the second place.
Solskjaer said that Fernandes is “a player who influences the results.”
“He creates chances, scores goals and takes risks, which is something that any United player should be allowed to do and be brave enough to do so. He is definitely a brave player and has vision in passing,” he added.
“Sometimes I might pull my hair, and I would say that there is another easier pass … but Bruno cannot be prevented from that. I want him to be the decisive and influential element and I am happy with his mark this season and this year,” he said.
He continued, “He is constantly present to help his colleagues.”
United are 4th with 27 points, 4 points behind leaders Liverpool, before hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers next Tuesday, in a crowded schedule of matches.