Erik ten Hag blasts Fulham over ‘totally out of order’ TikTok video mocking Bruno Fernandes

Man Utd unhappy with Fulham's Bruno Fernandes 'dive' claims on TikTok

Erik ten Hag has blasted Fulham for appearing to mock Bruno Fernandes on TikTok and has demanded an apology.

Fulham posted a video from their official TikTok account of Fernandes’ alleged histrionics during Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat last Saturday together with the caption “So glad he’s ok…” and a rolling-eyes emoji.

United sources said the incident – in which Fernandes went down following a challenge by Fulham midfielder Sasa Lukic and appeared in visible pain before jumping to his feet to demand the ball – was the moment the Portuguese suffered the injury that had thrown his involvement in Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Nottingham Forest into doubt.

Asked about Fulham’s video, Ten Hag replied: “I didn’t know this, but if they did it I would say it is not right. It is absolutely not right that a club makes such a statement, because it is totally out of order and they were wrong so they should apologise for this.”

Ten Hag disclosed that Fernandes had played through the pain barrier to finish the game against Fulham and appear at Forest, with United insiders claiming that, “far from evidence of histrionics”, it was a reflection of their captain’s “dedication, resilience and leadership”.

Fernandes had delivered the free-kick that Casemiro headed home in the 89th minute to earn a 1-0 win over Forest and set up a quarter-final meeting with Liverpool.

The clip on Fulham’s TikTok has garnered 43,500 likes and attracted more than 1,200 comments. It is understood United have not contacted Fulham about the matter but sources claimed the video post was “regrettable” and had helped to fuel a false narrative around the incident.

Fernandes had been a doubt to face Forest but ended up being passed fit to play. Ten Hag had branded criticism of Fernandes “pathetic” in the wake of the Forest game and accused United’s opponents of targeting him.

“You saw that Forest were targeting him,” Ten Hag said. “There were many fouls on him. You see when he is getting the ball, they are really tight on him.

“I don’t say what it is but it was a serious injury. I see social media criticise him. It is pathetic. He has a serious injury, he continued to play on Saturday and then also he fought to be part of this game. He has a very high pain threshold. Last year he did something similar against Fulham. It shows his leadership.”

Telegraph Sport understands that Fulham never intended to cause offence to the player or United. Many clubs regard TikTok as an opportunity to reach younger audiences and there is generally an acceptance within the industry that it is a place for more tongue-in-cheek content.

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