Bruno Fernandes is frustrated with his Manchester United teammates because he is a ‘level above them’, according to former Premier League striker Dean Ashton.
The Portugal international has been United’s most influential player this season, leading the club’s goals and assists charts with 22 and 12 respectively.
However, the midfielder drew a blank in last Sunday’s goalless draw with Chelsea with United struggling to break down the sides around them in the table this season.
And former Norwich City and West Ham striker Ashton says the United star was been guilty of ‘turning away in disgust’ at times against Palace, seemingly frustrated with the inability of his teammates to operate on the same level as him.
Ashton told talkSPORT: ‘When there’s a pass he’s played isn’t controlled properly or a pass isn’t given to him in the right area. Or even a pass given to a teammate on an attack that’s not good enough, he turns away in disgust and throws his arms up in the air.
‘I think his body language has been really interesting in the last month I feel like I’ve really noticed it.
‘He’s getting frustrated with the players around him. Personally, I think it’s because he’s on another level to the other players, maybe Rashford not included.
United have also been held to goalless draws against Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City this season with Fernandes kept quiet in each of those outings.
And Ashton believes Fernandes may need ‘better players around him’ to thrive on the big stage.
‘If you’re a Chelsea, Liverpool or Man City then you target Fernandes. You make sure you cut off the channels to him, you get tight to him as you know if you get tight to him you pretty much nullify Manchester United.
‘Rashford is not the same if Bruno Fernandes isn’t getting the ball as much. Bruno Fernandes has been the one who spots the runs really early of Rashford and has been slipping him in the sides of full-backs.
‘He needs better players around him to thrive in the big games.’