'The Portuguese guy': Xavi rattles Manchester United fans with Bruno Fernandes comments

Barcelona manager Xavi looks on during the UEFA Europa League knockout round play-off first leg match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Camp Nou on 16 February, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain.
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Manchester United host Barcelona in the second leg of their Europa League knockout round play-off on Thursday night, and visiting manager Xavi has caused quite a stir among the home fans in the build-up.

Speaking ahead of the game, Xavi heaped praise upon his opposite number Erik ten Hag, giving the Dutchman credit for the transformed performances of Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho this season.

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Tom Hancock

Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for the Premier League and Opta Analyst, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...