David de Gea told Bruno Fernandes "you are not the right captain" in what appeared to be a dig at Roy Keane.
De Gea appeared to hit back at Roy Keane by telling Bruno Fernandes he was “not the right captain” after he netted the winning goal for Man United against Fulham.
The Manchester United skipper came up with a stoppage time winner on Saturday afternoon at Fulham, which relieved some of the pressure on Erik ten Hag after successive 3-0 defeats at home. Fernandes was made the club's permanent captain for the first time this season.
The Portuguese star has been one of the club's most consistent performers for several years but his mannerisms on the pitch have divided opinion. Fernandes often gestures to his team-mates and becomes an increasingly frustrated figure when United lose.
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He stepped up at Fulham though and posted on social media as he celebrated his vital strike. De Gea then replied with his comment and a zipped mouth emoji - seemingly suggesting to Fernandes' critics that they stop speaking.
Roy Keane was among those to call out the United skipper after his antics in the Manchester derby defeat last weekend. The Irishman led the Red Devils in a trophy-laden era and claimed that Fernandes was the opposite of what he'd want in a captain and urged Ten Hag to take the armband away from him.
He said on Sky Sports: "The first thing I would do is take the captaincy off him. I know it's a big decision but Fernandes is not captain material. He's a talented player, but what I saw today - he's whingeing, he's moaning, he's throwing his arms up in the air constantly - it really isn't acceptable.
After the game, Fernandes took to his Instagram page, posting “ United” with a love heart emoji next to it.
This prompted De Gea into cheekily replying, “You are not the right captain”, clearly suggesting he was hitting back at Roy Keane sarcastically by praising Fernandes’ heroics.
“He is an example. You see the way he is pressing and counter‑pressing, his recovery. He always wants the ball, he wants to create.
“In this week we were definitely not happy with our standards. Today we improved a little bit, but to win every game you have to bring that level, show you are hungry and passionate inside. When we bring that we will have very good results.”