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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Bruno Fernandes accepted early substitution in Manchester United’s defeat to Spurs

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Bruno Fernandes was subbed early as Manchester United were hammered by Spurs (AFP via Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Bruno Fernandes had no issue with being substituted at half time in Manchester United’s 6-1 defeat to Tottenham.

The Portugal international was replaced at the break with United 4-1 down at Old Trafford, while Jose Mourinho’s side scored twice in the second half to complete their dominant win.

Reports have claimed that Fernandes was angry with Solskjaer over the decision to bring him off after just 45 minutes.

But Solskjaer is adamant that he explained the decision to Fernandes and the midfielder accepted the call.

‘There are many reasons behind subs in a game and if I explain every time I take a player off to the media, I don’t think that’s the right thing,’ said Solskjaer.

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‘I have explained to Bruno and he accepted it no problem.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has denied a rift with Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United (EPA)

‘It’s always external pressure. For me, we need to stick together, that we are a group and that we stick together.

‘When you lose a game, the first thing you need to do is bounce back in the next one and we’ve got a chance to do it against Newcastle.

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‘I don’t know who ‘we’ are or ‘they’ are but false stories come out and that’s ‘them’. I don’t know who started them, but you can see Bruno’s reaction as well. He’s clearly not happy with them.

‘But then welcome to Man United. You are everyone’s favourite target if something goes wrong.’

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