Fernandes shows his true colours in leaked WhatsApp rant and Greenwood ‘fury’

Bruno Fernandes is an interesting character to say the least.

The Portuguese burst onto the scene in January, transforming Manchester United from a mid-table team with little direction to a capable Champions League outfit.

This season his impact has faded somewhat, but he is still, arguably, the jewel in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's crown – a man that helps make his team tick.

And as a result, it seems the Red Devils boss lets the Portuguese get away with a little more than perhaps he would other players. Especially in one particular area.

Over the years Fernandes has proven himself to be a fiery individual.

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He's a competitor who plays on the edge and who is not afraid to confront a team-mate for the betterment of his side.

Here are four times Fernandes showed his true colours by losing his rag.

WhatsApp-ing now?

We'll start back in Portugal, where Fernandes was captain of Sporting Lisbon and involved in one particularly eye-opening incident.

After a poor performance from his side, the Portuguese recorded a voice note in which he laid into his Sporting team-mates.

The voice note was leaked, with Fernandes quoted as saying, per Portuguese publication Record: "Bro, I don't say anything! I honestly, if you want me to tell you, I'd rather not comment on anything.

"I think very badly of some of the attitude of some players. Actually not a certain attitude, it's an attitude that does not exist. There are players who have no attitude here, bro. They don't want to be here, they don't want to play.

"They don't want to be here then f*** off, let them say they don't want to play. They spend a year here getting money, and then they f*** off, bro. S*** attitude bro, for f**** sake."

According to the Daily Mail, the now United midfielder didn't shy away from what he'd said on the voice note. Instead, he shouldered the responsibility and stood by his qualms.

On Guard-iola

Manchester United beat bitter rivals Manchester City in March, less than two months into Fernandes' tenure at Old Trafford.

But if anyone thought the Portuguese would be something of a shrinking violet, given he was the new kid on the block at the time, then they would have been sorely mistaken.

TV cameras captured a brief exchange between Fernandes and Man City boss Pep Guardiola on the side of the pitch.

The exchange concluded with the Man United midfielder putting a finger to his lips, to silence the Spaniard, who looked somewhat shocked.

On the exchange, Fernandes said: "Some people think like, 'Pep won everything, who is Bruno to do this to him?' But I think it's about respect. Now, outside of the pitch, calm, I don't do this again if I'm on the pitch now.

"But at that moment, the words he told me made me mad and on the pitch I'm a little bit nervous. It's the kind of player I am."

Dressing down

Following Manchester United's embarrassing 6-1 defeat by Tottenham this season, a story emerged of Fernandes losing his temper at his team-mates in the dressing room.

During the half time break, when the Red Devils were losing 4-1 and down to 10 men, tempers reached boiling point, and Fernandes is said to have been at the centre of it.

A source told The Athletic: "It is not uncommon for a forward to turn round to a defender and say, 'Any chance of you keeping a clean sheet?' Sometimes if there's a bottle in hand things start flying. It can be good to have those exchanges."

Come on, Mason

And finally, just a few weeks after Fernandes is said to have given new signing Alex Telles a rocket on the training ground, The Times reports that the Portuguese got angry at Mason Greenwood.

According to the report, the England international failed to run onto a pass during a mini-match in the session ahead of the win over Everton.

Fernandes is said to have lambasted the youngster for being lazy, although United have since said Greenwood was feeling under the weather, which is why he missed the Red Devils' clash with the Toffees.

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