Carlos Carvalhal says Bruno Fernandes’ Manchester United teammates must step up to help the Portuguese in big matches.
Fernandes, United’s top scorer this season with 22 goals in all competitions, has been accused of going missing in key fixtures this term with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s held to 0-0 draws against Arsenal, Manchester City and twice against Chelsea this term.
The 26-year-old cut a frustrated figure on Wednesday at Selhurst Park as United were held to another goalless draw by Crystal Palace – their third stalemate on the bounce.
While Fernandes has taken some criticism, Carvalhal insists others must raise their game to help up their talisman.
‘I think it’s not good in any team in the world if you depend too much on one player, so this is not good of course,’ he told talkSPORT.
‘The best thing would be for the team to work together as a collective, because Manchester United have a lot of players who can be a threat, not just Fernandes.
‘When a team depends too much on one player it can be very difficult to achieve something, because opponents find a way to block that player, sometimes the player can get injured or suspended, so you can’t depend on one player.
‘If you don’t depend so much on one player, and every player makes a difference, you can beat any team.’