Manchester United fans finally got to see Bruno Fernandes in their jersey as the Portuguese international made his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
The Premier League game, however, was an uneventful one, ending in the dreadful 0-0 scoreline which was an apt indicator of just how poorly both sides performed.
Fernandes did make a mark on his debut though, often performing much better than his teammates and at times showing the fatigue of a fresh transfer into a new country.
Twitter was riddled with reactions to United’s latest acquisition, and it was a mixed bag, to say the least.
Bruno Fernandes' has had enough of United and it's not even been a week pic.twitter.com/Nj44rnEIC9
— Cenk (@ForzaYids) February 1, 2020
Just a gentle reminder that there's no longer any fake reports of Bruno Fernandes crying at fulltime in Lisbon, that's cos the only person who's really crying is me, crying tears of joy that there's finally a baller in the Utd midfield! #BRUNO #FullTimePunditjay pic.twitter.com/5VqSO76bUI
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) February 1, 2020
I want Bruno Fernandes and Pogba playing together.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) February 1, 2020
Rival fans if Bruno Fernandes does one small mistake today: pic.twitter.com/yVVJtJWsmM
— Watt (@UtdMxtt) February 1, 2020
In the first half of the game, Fernandes had more touches and involvement with the ball than any other Red Devil. He was on target on multiple occasions, but almost always found the goalkeeper and though his freekick did look to trouble Rui Patricio, a match-changing impact wasn’t to be seen.
In fact, it looked very likely that the 25-year-old was himself getting used to his new teammates and the roles expected of him, which certainly muffled any realistic impact that fans were hoping for him to make.
The manner in which he linked up with Juan Mata was promising, but the presence of Andreas Pereira in the same midfield did appear to hinder even that. Further still, Fernandes was highly encouraging in his distribution play, and the sheer directness of his passes would have caused many problems to the traveling side had Anthony Martial been adept enough to act upon them.
All in all, the introduction to Old Trafford was a slow one for the Portuguese international but it cannot be denied that his acquisition was a step in the right direction.
Now, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and company must find a way to incorporate him best and avoid these kinds of results in the near future.