Manchester United may have failed to break the deadlock during the 0-0 draw to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, putting several poor precedents in place, but there certainly was some hope to take away from the Old Trafford fixture.
Bruno Fernandes’ addition to the Red Devils’ roster has been more or less universally praised, with the Portuguese international not even required to do much in the way of an exceptional showing to display how he was significantly better than so many of the players currently plying their trade for United.
Luke Shaw certainly voiced the opinions of the squad about the 25-year-old, stating to MUTV: “Yeah, good. He’s only been able to train with us once and that was a very light session. But we’re all looking forward to see what he can bring.”
He goes on to add: “We’ve seen that he’s a fantastic player, everyone knows that he is. Of course today is not an easy game to come into but I thought he did well. There’s good signs of things to come, and we’ll all help him. We’ve got a nice training camp to make him feel welcome.”
United fans will have to wait for over two more weeks before they see Fernandes in action when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side travels to Stamford Bridge to take on Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. Their season-opening encounter ended 4-0 in favor of the Red Devils with many supporters being granted false hope given the dismal fashion in which United have collapsed since.
Their draw on Saturday saw Sheffield United overtake them to the fifth position and now Wolves and Tottenham are likewise close by, all vying for Chelsea’s very unstable fourth-place spot that will grant Champions League football for the next campaign.
Just how much of a catalyzing influence will Fernandes have in realizing that goal?