Friday, April 10, 2020

Bruno Fernandes Proving To Be Exactly What Manchester United Needed

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Bruno Fernandes was the undisputed star during Manchester United’s comfortable 3-0 win over Watford on Sunday at Old Trafford. The Portuguese star playmaker scored a goal and set up another win as The Red Devils eased past The Hornets.

The former Sporting Clube Portugal star has adjusted better than expected at life in England. Manchester United are undefeated in the first three games where the star midfielder has started (W2, D1). Plus, nited have not conceded a single goal when he’s been out there. Stopping goals is not Fernandes’ responsibility. But there’s no question he brings a whole new level of quality on the side. It seems the whole teams feels “better” when he’s pulling the strings of the side.

The 25-year-old has been playing in the n° 10 hole behind Anthony Martial, and he has done wonders for The Red Devils. He seems to be playing better and better after each game, but his effort against Watford on Sunday was simply sublime.

Fernandes participates in two of United’s three goals against Watford

The Portugal international opened the score with a penalty in the first half, and he created havoc on the opposing defence. The shot was the perfect example of how comfortable he feels at Old Trafford already. Fernandes stepped up, walked towards the ball and sent Ben Foster the other way with a composed shot.

As if that wasn’t enough, Fernandes also chipped in directly in the team’s third goal. He set up Mason Greenwood’s goal with a short-range pass, and the England U21 international blasted the ball past Foster. Fernandes delivered a Man of the Match performance at Old Trafford, but this is just a sign of things to come for him.

The Portugal international already looks comfortable at Old Trafford, and he is coming off the best 18 months of his professional career at Sporting CP. The playmaker needs to settle completely at England, though, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Fernandes is just scratching the surface of what he can do for Manchester United.

The first four matches have left an excellent impression though. And while it’s still early, the returns are very positive. It seems Fernandes indeed is what Manchester United needed to take a step forward on their quest to return to a status they should have never lost in the first place.


Juan Pablo Aravena

A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.



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