Manchester United have completed the signing of Portuguese midfield dynamo in a fee that could rise to 68million Euros. Man United paid an initial fee of 47million Euros for Bruno Fernandes, who signed a five and half year deal with the option to extend a further year. The signing of Bruno Fernandes has raised the hopes of Man United fans and is very confident of securing a top-four finish. The Portuguese international contributed 63 goals and 52 assists in 137 appearances for sporting club and has nine senior appearances for his country and was part of the victorious squad that won the UEFA Nations League in 2019.
What Bruno brings on board
Bruno Fernandes is a top player his goals and assists speak for himself, a great personality, and his leadership qualities are evident for all to see. He is a fantastic addition and will help Man United push on in the second part of the season. Comparing Bruno with his peers in Portugal, it is clear why He scored 15 goals and contributed 14 assists in 28 club appearances this season for Sporting. He also attempted more accurate shots than any other midfielder in the Portuguese league. A midfielder with such a striking output is what Man United has lacked so far this season. Bruno has risen to prominence in Portugal, picking up the Primera Liga player of the year prize for the past two seasons. He is technically gifted, hard-working with his combative attributes in the middle of the park with his energetic presence, he won 111 duels, 12 recoveries in the opposition attacking third and also has an active quality across the board with his team in or out of possession whiles playing for sporting this season. Bruno has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of seasons for sporting. Bruno has illustrated a level of maturity with his fluent passing, intelligent distribution coupled with his ability to read the game well, and Man United could benefit massively from his natural intelligence as well as his proficiency in carrying the ball forward and thwarting the opposition in midfield. He has scored some real stunners from long range and also has a spectacular vision and keen eye for setting up chances for strikers that make him an excellent all-round midfielder. You don’t need a professional analyst to figure out why Bruno is destined for greatness.
Has Bruno given Man United what they need?
Bruno Fernandes made an impressive debut in the goalless draw game at Old Trafford to Wolves last Saturday, and he showed glimpses of the quality he does possess. Bruno attempted the most passes on the pitch against Wolves on Saturday with 78, made the most passes to the final third. He also tried to find the net five times, which was again more than anyone else on the field. Only Michail Antonio of West Ham had more shot than him. Bruno took plenty of risks on the ball and was involved in virtually everything Man United did against Wolves. There is often a worry when a player moves from a weaker league to a much stronger league. From the way Bruno played in his debut, it is reasonable to suggest he can translate the same performance from the Portuguese league to the English Premier League.
What next for Bruno and Man United
Man United have no game for 16 days with the premier leagues first-ever winter break and solskjaer will be taking his team to a training camp in Spain, where he will be hoping to build his team around Bruno since his Talisman Paul Pogba is sidelined with injury and settle on a system that will give Bruno a defined and perfect role for him in the team. The arrival of Bruno at Man United will be the spark that ignites Pogba in the second half of the season, too often Man United have failed to break down conservative sides and playing Bruno and Pogba in the heart of Man United midfield would enable Solskjaer’s team to stretch defenses and exploit any small gaps since both of them are very talented players and also good passers of the ball. Bruno needs to hit the ground running and must be more physical and quicker on the ball, and his signing might be a masterstroke that could turn Man United season around. Man United’s next game is against Chelsea on the 17th of February at the Stamford Bridge in what is a massive game for United in the race for Champions League qualification.