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Manchester United Opinion: Why Bruno Fernandes will be a top fit at United?

According to a report from A Bola, Manchester United have started informal talks with Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes and are leading the race for his signature.

The Portugal international, 24, has been making waves across Europe this season. He has notched an impressive tally of 27 goals and provided a further 15 assists this term. That has seen him caught the attention of a host of European clubs, including Manchester United and AC Milan, adds the report.

The upcoming summer transfer window looks set to be a big one for Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done a fantastic since replacing Jose Mourinho back in December, reinstating the club’s philosophy of quick, attack-minded football.

But after becoming United’s permanent manager, he needs fresh faces in his squad next season to challenge the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title.

The defence remains a pressing concern and the midfield can lack power and creativity if Paul Pogba endures an off-day. Also, recent performances show that there is room for improvement, especially when it comes to consistent returns in front of goal.

To that end, Bruno Fernandes is the perfect player for the Red Devils, with spaces in the midfield department could well open up at the end of the season. Ander Herrera is close to joining Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in the summer, while Juan Mata is interested in a return to Spain and Barcelona are interested in signing him.

Signing Fernandes could thus refresh Solskjaer’s options in midfield, whilst adding a much-needed cutting edge to United’s attack. The Portuguese, who is comfortable playing on both the flanks and in central midfield, thrives as a no.10. The 24-year-old is a fantastic passer, a top dribbler and is a composed finisher in front of goal.

Noted for his creativity, vision, energy and burst of acceleration, the playmaker not only excels with his ability to dribble at pace but he is also equally adept at finding the correct pass for his teammates in the final third. Blessed with an absolute wand of a right foot, Fernandes can leave the defenders for dead with clever changes of direction and sharp turns.

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His technical ability and spatial awareness coupled with his work-rate and link-up play makes the Portugal international a full package. Add his set-piece expertise, Fernandes could be a brilliant addition for Manchester United.

Verdict

Bruno Fernandes certainly won’t come cheap in the summer, given he has a contract with Sporting until 2021. But as he is in the form of his life and at 24, the Portuguese will likely have more than half a decade of quality service to provide if the Red Devils manage to sign him ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

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