However, the Portugal star has played down comparisons between Sunday’s ugly scenes and an incident he experienced as a Sporting Lisbon player in 2018 when a large number of fans attacked the team and staff at the training ground over poor results.
As well as the clashes between police and fans at Old Trafford, a separate group of protesters turned up at the Lowry Hotel to make sure the team bus could not leave.
Manchester United supporters made their voice heard to get the Liverpool game postponed
Fans broke into Old Trafford and stood outside the players’ hotel at the Lowry on Sunday
Bruno Fernandes has admitted the players’ frustration at not being able to play the match
‘I was in my room watching Udinese versus Juventus, I didn’t try to go outside,’ said Fernandes. ‘I did what security said and stayed in my room.
‘For us, it was hard because we wanted to play football. We prepared well for a big game. A chance to play this game is good. The feeling was good.
‘We played well against Roma and the confidence was high. The feeling was positive. We were ready to play. The fans had their own word but we have nothing to say about that.’
On the comparisons with Sporting, Fernandes added: ‘It is not close. It was completely different. That was between the fans and the players. Here we have no problem with the fans and nothing has happened.
Fernandes was a player at Sporting Lisbon when fans broke into the training ground in 2018
Fernandes has played down comparisons between Sunday at United and the Sporting incident
Back in 2018, Bas Dost was among the players attacked by supporters at the training ground
‘It was really different to Sunday and I don’t want to compare. I don’t want to remember that. What happened on Sunday is past. My focus now is Roma, all we want to do is play football.’
United are 6-2 ahead from the first leg and almost certain to reach the Europa League final in Gdansk later this month.
‘The Europa League is still not enough for us but it is a sign we are getting better,’ said Fernandes. ‘We have a lot to improve and we will.’