Perhaps Manchester United’s undoing this season could be their lack of quality and depth in midfield.
The one name that kept appearing on the back-pages was Bruno Fernandes. In the end, United wouldn’t firm up their interest in the Portuguese with a concrete bid.
Well, now we know why. According to The Mirror, United ended their summer interest in the 24-year-old due to doubts about his ability.
For a man who directly contributed to 50 goals last season that’s certainly a bold claim… Apparently, United chiefs were concerned by the midfielder’s tendency to give the ball away too frequently, with Fernandes’ 75% passing accuracy a real concern.
You could say that’s the nature of his game. He is a risk-taker. He looks to create chances and carve out openings. United saw his habit of losing the ball with regularity as too big of a risk.
It’s true, United were, and still are, desperate to sign a new midfielder. Where I will agree with the club is that they shouldn’t buy for buyings-sake. They should only spend money on players who fit the system, on footballers who want to be here. I know it’s early days but that’s exactly why Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James all looked solid on debut.
I’d much prefer to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bide his time and build slowly, utilising players who he has complete confidence in. It will take a few seasons but if the club didn’t feel as though Fernandes is right then so be it.