Bruno Fernandes should not have been offered a new Manchester United contract, according to former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino.
Reports have claimed that Fernandes is close to securing a new, five-year deal which will see his wages rise from £100,000-a-week to £220,000-a-week, making him one of the highest earners at the club.
This is despite the Portuguese international’s disappointing output this season, with Fernandes scoring just nine goals in all competitions after netting 28 last campaign.
As a team, United have massively undershot expectations by failing to win a single trophy and they now look unlikely to make the top four. Fernandes has cut a frustrated figure at times, with his body language attracting criticism from former players such as Roy Keane.
Cascarino is not convinced he’s deserving of a new deal, at least not until he rediscovers the electric form of his first 18 months in Manchester.
“It is a very strange set of circumstances where you are offering someone with three years left on their contract a new five-year deal,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.
“When he got a hat-trick against Leeds [on the opening day of the season], you thought: ‘Wow, this is going to be some season for United.’
“He frustrates me, he is a talent but he is always waving his arms about. It feels like he is complaining and moaning about his team all the time in the game.
“Don’t get me wrong, Roy Keane did that, but he didn’t wave his arms around, he would have a go at you which I understand.
“But I would get very annoyed when a player turns his back on play and is getting embroiled in other problems while the game is going on.
“I don’t think they should be offering him a deal yet. If he gets to the stage where he is playing like the Bruno Fernandes who first arrived at the club over the next year I would be saying yeah to a new contract. Not now.”
United’s first game back after the international break is a league clash at home to Leicester City. They are four points behind Arsenal in fourth.
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