Manchester United have been sent a warning about Bruno Fernandes due to his vital importance to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s set up. The Portuguese has scored 21 goals in all competitions this season, but his impact for the Red Devils goes beyond his goalscoring ability.
Manchester United have been sent a warning about Bruno Fernandes and the impact of a potential injury, drawing comparisons with Eden Hazard at Chelsea.
Fernandes has become the unrivalled top dog at Old Trafford, scoring 21 goals in all competitions from the no. 10 role, while setting up a further 12.
But it’s not only his goal contributions that have stood out, but the way his aura lifts the whole United side when he’s on the pitch.
Fernandes has become the leader of the attack, dictating the play in the final third, and earning the respect of all his team-mates.
“You worry for United. If there was to be five or six games where maybe he picks up an injury, a suspension or even a lack of form – over the last 12 months he’s been astonishing, probably the most consistent player in the Premier League. United aren’t that great without him.
“Kevin De Bruyne has just come out of Manchester City, you wouldn’t know it.
“If Bruno is out of the United side for the same length of time, United feel it. That’s the point I’m making, they’re so reliant.
“They wouldn’t be in the top four without him.
“I’ve seen it at my club with Eden Hazard. No Eden Hazard, no party. We were so reliant on him that it was literally keep the ball as long as we can and give it to Eden and he would do something – he’d give you a goal.
“You can’t keep coming to Bruno and say, ‘go on please, give us another goal’, he got the equaliser against West Brom so you need someone else to come up but it doesn’t happen.
“He’s literally dragged them to second in the table, they are not the second best side in the country – no Bruno, no party!”