Bruno Fernandes hits out at critics who treat Manchester United star differently to Arsenal flop Nicolas Pepe

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Bruno Fernandes believes he has been the subject of unfair scrutiny at Manchester United.

The Portugal international hit the ground running following a big money move from Sporting in January 2020 but later saw his form dip amid a wider malaise at Old Trafford.

While the 28-year-old remains a key figure at the club, Fernandes proved somewhat of a lightning rod for criticism as United failed to follow up on a promising second-placed finish during the 2020/21 season.

Fernandes, however, believes he has not been afforded the same time to adapt as other Premier League arrivals and namechecked Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe as an example.

Signed for £72m six months before Fernandes, the Ivory Coast international failed to settle and has since been loaned to Nice, while the United star remains a prominent player.

Speaking to The Athletic, Fernandes said: “He [Pepe] had some bad games and everyone was saying, ‘He still has to adapt’.

“But when Bruno was having a bad game, it was just because he was moaning or not focused on the game.

“For me, that was good, because it meant that I was ready and that’s why they were demanding so much from me.”