Bruno Fernandes has revealed he praised Harry Maguire for finally scoring with “his big head” at Elland Road on Sunday.
The Manchester United captain put his side 1-0 up against rivals Leeds United with a header before sliding coolly from the knee to the corner flag and turning to show his name to the Leeds faithful.
United midfielder Fernandes then praised his team-mate while taking his head and patting it.
The build-up to the match had been dominated by rumors that the United dressing room was split, saying Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo were in a dispute over the United captaincy.
States don’t. 5 took to Twitter to dispel the story, saying: “I’ve seen a lot of reports about this club that aren’t true and this is another one.
“I’m not going to start posting about everything written, but I had to clear this one up. We are united and focused on Sunday. Good day to all.”
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Speaking ahead of United’s Champions League draw with Atletico Madrid, Fernandes also dismissed stories of bad blood in the team, using his celebration with Maguire on Sunday to illustrate his point.
“I don’t know what people mean,” said the Portugal international. “I saw the goal of H [Maguire] and saw Paul running behind, slipping on his knees.
“I was hitting his head and saying he finally scored with that big header!”
Maguire first took on the affectionate nickname ‘Slab Head’ at the 2018 World Cup, and England fans were quick to jump on the bandwagon, creating their own song about the size of the centre-back’s head.
Asked by the press at Euro 2020 why he was given the nickname, the defender, who doesn’t seem to care about the label, explained: “I think it actually comes from [Jamie] Vardy and Russia.
“I think he said it in an interview once, it just became popular from there.”