After a long time of pursuit, Man United finally successfully recruited Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese midfielder is expected to help “Red Devils” flourish.
In the winter of 2020, Bruno Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford for 68 million pounds, the amount was not small. Therefore, the expectation for the former Sporting Lisbon midfielder is quite large. Immediately, he was coach Ole Solskjaer to start the match against Wolves in the 25th round of the Premier League.
Fernandes has shown his worth. He was the one who made the most passes and the most shots on the United side. However, the goal did not come with the home team. This shows that the “Red Devils” are having many problems.
In the first half, all five shots from Man United were taken outside the box. Fernandes can improve the quality of long shots for the “Red Devils”. At the Portuguese National Championship last season, 114 of his 180 shots were out of range 16.5 meters.
However, a team takes many long shots only when they are deadlocked. Man United need to increase the number of shots at a closer distance. That’s the problem coach Solskjaer needs to solve.
Even in Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Man City in the League Cup, this issue was exposed. The Norwegian strategist acknowledged that the students could not create many opportunities. Luke Shaw or Fred have the opportunity to put the ball into the penalty area, but they play safe. Meanwhile, Anthony Martial frequently took wing.
In the Portuguese league, Fernandes was the one who made the shortest passes in the last two seasons. Coach Solskjaer also emphasized that he wants the rookie to maintain that style of play, which can help Man United deploy better and create more opportunities.
Fernandes showed his strong points in the debut of the new team. He made 10 passes into the Wolves penalty area, the most on the United side. If calculated every 90 minutes, this number of Juan Mata or Paul Pogba are 6.2 and 4, respectively, far behind Fernandes.
In addition, Man United has 7 touches or finishes in the penalty area after a combination of 10 or more passes. This number is equal to the first 7 matches of the “Reds” season combined. Fernandes shows that he can become a builder for the Old Trafford team.