Bruno Fernandes ‘urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to change tactics’ before Atalanta comeback

Bruno Fernandes reportedly ‘urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to change his tactics’ before Manchester United’s second half comeback against Atalanta on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils trailed the Italian side 2-0 at half-time following a below par first half performance at Old Trafford in their Champions League clash.

However, a spirited second half comeback and goals from Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo turned the result on its head and delivered a 3-2 victory that could prove crucial to qualification for the knockout stage.

The change in United’s play and tempo is understood to have stemmed from Fernandes urging his manager to switch the approach at half-time.

When the United players entered the home dressing room on Wednesday, Ronaldo is reported to have blasted his teammates by shouting: “Are you not ashamed?!”

Goals from Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral had punished a lacklustre United display in the opening 45 minutes and left them trailing once more in Europe.

 is believed that Solskjaer then calmed the situation in the dressing room and told his players that the game was still there to be won.

He urged his team to get the first goal of the second half in order to keep them in the match.

Fernandes then reportedly told the Norwegian that his tactics had to change as he had been forced to drop deeper in order to get on the ball during the first half.

The half-time switch in tactics and approach paid off just seven minutes after the break as Fernandes’ outside of the foot ball round the corner set up Rashford for United’s first goal.

It was also the former Sporting Lisbon midfielder’s cross which led to the equaliser as Maguire lashed the ball home at the far post.

Fernandes spoke to the media after the match and insisted that the players are in full support of the under pressure Solskjaer.

“We have a lot to improve on and the coach also knows there has to be some improvement at their end but that is part of football,” said Fernandes post-match.

“Every day we are learning something new. But football is the present and it’s the now.

“We fully support him. He’s our manager, we follow his ideas and believe in them.

“Of course players start to get a bit suspicious when they don’t play or when things don’t go well…

“But, honestly, footballers are annoying. We think we’re always right.

“Look, I can think one way is better and my team-mate can think the other way is the best one, so how could we decide which one is better?

“That’s why we have to follow the manager’s ideas. His ideas might be right or wrong, but we’re sticking with it until the end.”

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