Bruno Fernandes watched his former club Udinese lose to Juventus while Manchester United supporters protested outside The Lowry on Sunday.
Hundreds of United fans gathered outside the team’s pre-match hotel to protest against the Glazer family’s ownership and refused to disperse, causing the 4.30pm kick-off with Liverpool to be postponed.
A post on Twitter falsely claimed a news source had reported Fernandes, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, and Harry Maguire offered to speak to United fans outside The Lowry.
Although the reporter who was named as the ‘source’ of the disinformation had informed United the tweet was inaccurate, United failed to inform Fernandes the tweet was fake before he attended a pre-match Zoom call on the eve of United’s Europa League semi-final with Roma.
“I was in my room seeing football because Udinese was playing against Juve,” he said. “I never tried to come outside, never tried to go outside.
“We just did what the security said to us, keep in our rooms, stay there was everything the players did. If someone tried to come out, I don’t know. I didn’t see anyone try to come out, honestly.
“Of course, for us it was hard because we want to play football. This is what it’s about for us. We prepared well for a big game and, of course, a chance to play this kind of game is always good. The feeling was good between us, the team was ready to play. It was a good week for us, we’d played well against Roma before and the confidence was high.
“But this happened, we have nothing to say about that. The fans have their own word and they think that was the best for them, they did it and we have nothing to say about that honestly. Our focus is on playing football and doing the best for the club.”
When Fernandes was at Sporting Lisbon in 2018, 50 fans attacked players and staff at the club’s training ground after they failed to qualify for the Champions League. Fernandes was one of seven players to terminate their own contract but eventually signed a new deal.
The incident was mentioned to Fernandes but he did not find it comparable with the weekend protests in Manchester.
“It’s not close from that,” he stressed. “Because what happened at Sporting Clube de Portugal was completely different and something between the fans and the players.
“Here, we have no problems with the fans. The fans they can come closer to us, nothing happens to us. The problems the fans had at Sporting was straight to the players and really different to what happened on Sunday.
“Honestly, I don’t want to compare because I don’t want to remember what happened at Sporting. At Sporting, I have just good memories and what passed on Sunday has passed, it’s over for me.
“My focus now is playing against Roma and we will see when we play against Liverpool again. The most important thing is the team winning games. Of course for us and the players, all we want is to play football.”