Bruno Fernandes’ arrival at Manchester United has been nothing short of a brilliant boon for everyone involved. The Portuguese midfielder is yet to taste defeat at his new side and a lot of it has to do with the specific sort of skillset he brings to the Old Trafford outfit.
As a midfield maestro, his intent to be the architect of every creative ploy is already paying dividend and once it is perfected by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and aided by the regular presence of Paul Pogba, there’s no telling how much it could better United’s hopes.
Then again, Fernandes’ antics also have the potential of disrupting a different sort of flow.
This is what former Liverpool player Jamie Redknapp feels as he opined about Fernandes to the Daily Mail, stating: “My advice to any young, aspiring midfielders out there would be to study Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.”
The high praise zeroes in on the 25-year-old’s technique and even draws contrast with Frank Lampard.
Redknapp then states: “It might frustrate your forwards on game day. Maybe there will be times when Marcus Rashford says he was in a better position and should have been played in. Maybe Fernandes will be accused of greediness on the odd occasion.”
Certainly a good tactical spot but one that can pay dividend in a different direction, diversifying the source of goals at United as he adds: “But it will be worth it for his goal return. In 2018-19, Fernandes’ last full season for Sporting Lisbon, he got 32 goals and 18 assists in 53 games. That is what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants from him now.”
If those numbers can be aped in the Premier League, there is simply no telling just how quickly the Red Devils can reclaim their long vacant throne at the apex of English football.