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The truth about Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes’ rumored rivalry at Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes

Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes are beginning a new dynamic at Manchester United and some believe that a rivalry is very inevitable.

All the hype around Cristiano Ronaldo’s shocking return to Manchester United is starting to live up as he finally made his long-awaited second debut at Old Trafford against Newcastle United.

Ronaldo seems to be well aware that there’s no better way to make it monumental than scoring goals, bagging a sensational brace in his first game in a red shirt.

His co-star and compatriot Bruno Fernandes, meanwhile, also put his name in the box score after netting a goal of his own on the 80th minute which earned the goal of the game recognition.

Indeed, the pair put on a superb performance, however, behind the smiles, some has been buzzing about a rivalry between Ronaldo and Fernandes.

The narrative simply put, is about the five-time Ballon d’Or winner outshining Manchester United’s reigning top goalscorer this season.

Looking closely at the said idealistic rumor, it appears that it makes sense after all.

For one, Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably the greatest player to ever grace the pitch, a far cry from what Bruno Fernandes is at this point as much as how good of a player he is.

Atop that, many are convinced that Fernandes’ is still inferior to Ronaldo, having been benefiting from his Sporting CP’s predecessor’s fame in recent years.

However, Fernandes’ take on strongly refutes the idea that a rivalry with Ronaldo at Manchester United exists.

“Everyone knows what Cristiano Ronaldo brought for the club and we are really happy to have him,” Fernandes told Sky Sports after Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Newcastle. “The most important, as [Ronaldo] will say, is the result for the team,” he continued. “Good players can always play well together.”

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, on the other hand, is banking heavily on Fernandes and Ronaldo’s good relationship as club and international league teammates.

“Good players can always play together,” Solskjaer said of Fernandes-Ronaldo’s team-up. “They have a mutual respect and play for Portugal together.”

“It’s too early for me to predict where we’ll end up,” he pointed out. “We have to be consistent and let’s see where we are.”