Antony and Bruno Fernandes were at the heart of an angry bust-up as Manchester United wasted the chance to claim second spot in the Premier League against Crystal Palace.
The Red Devils travelled to Selhurst Park on Wednesday off the back of nine successive wins in all competitions and looked to be closing in on a 10th after Fernandes had given his team the lead during the first-half of the draw.
The Portugal international netted his second goal in as many matches and it looked to have put Erik ten Hag’s side on track for a win.
But, Michael Olise stepped up late on to fire in a superb free-kick to see a share of the spoils. Ten Hag was left unhappy after seeing the equaliser, with the United stars on the pitch also looking downtrodden.
It was a marked difference from an incident between two United stars in the clash. After a dodgy pass from Antony that went straight out of play for a goal kick, Fernandes appeared to have some words for his teammate.
The Brazilian star then took exception to the criticism and verbally lashed out. He was heard saying: “filha de puta”, which translates to English as “son of a b****”.
Following a brief stare from Antony, things were quickly smoothed over after the brief disagreement with the duo at the heart of celebrations after Fernandes had given them the lead.
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The playmaker played for the full game at Selhurst Park, while Antony was hauled off at the 70-minute mark for Alejandro Garnacho.
Despite the disagreement, United supporters appear to have been unfazed having claimed that it was a good sign. One fan said: “Just means they care. Don’t make this a big deal because they wont.”
Another claimed: “They probably call each other worse things in training every day. Two very fiery lads on the pitch. I wouldn’t worry about it.”
“Two players who wear their heart on their sleeves on the pitch. Nothing unusual here,” a final United supporter said.