Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes should stop trying too hard to pass Cristiano Ronaldo and get back to basics, according to an observer.
Fernandes enjoyed instant success at United and in the Premier League after arriving in January 2020. In fact, after a mixed first half of the season, his goal contributions inspired him to break into the top four.
The Portugal international has therefore cemented his place in the starting XI under former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He also strongly under the new boss Ralf Rangnick, but he didn’t enjoy the same level of standout form he showed before.
According to ex-Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, it’s because Fernandes is too dependent on his compatriot Ronaldo.
The pair have successfully combined on several occasions so far this season. However, Gudjohnsen claimed Fernandes needed to get back to his way of operating a bit.
“It’s like Fernandes is still looking for Cristiano Ronaldo,” the pundit told a media outlet. MBL (through the Daily Express).
“Nine times out of 10 he tries to find Ronaldo and if that doesn’t work he gets impatient and starts trying very hard things.
“With how he started at United in mind, we want to see him a lot more.”
United have started well under Rangnick, winning two of three games and remaining unbeaten so far.
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However, a coronavirus outbreak in the camp – just like at several other Premier League clubs – has halted their progress. In fact, Saturday Premier League clash against Brighton postponed.
Meanwhile, United are reportedly looking to sign a new midfielder in the form of Franck Kessie.
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The Ivory Coast international is in the final year of his contract with AC Milan.
As such, unless he signs a new deal imminently, he can speak to overseas clubs from January.
In that sense, he’s in a similar role to Paul Pogba at Old Trafford, with the France international looking more likely to leave.
Tottenham have had links with Kessie, but the latest report claims that Man Utd are also expected to sign him.