Man Utd told not to play new signing Bruno Fernandes in No10 position

Man Utd told not to play new signing Bruno Fernandes in No10 position




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Manchester United have been urged not to play new signing Bruno Fernandes as a No10 – because he can change games from a deeper midfield position.

So says former Sporting Lisbon boss Carlos Carvalhal, who knew Fernandes as a youngster at the club.

The midfielder went on to become Sporting’s captain and was hugely impressive for the Portuguese club before joining United for an initial £47m fee last month.

Fernandes is expected to play as a No10 for United, in the short term at least – but Carvalhal reckons the 25-year-old can have a greater impact from a deeper role.

“He is not a number 10,” Carvalhal told Sky Sports.

Bruno Fernandes ‘understands everything that happens around him’ according to former Sporting boss Carlos Carvalhal

“He is a midfielder but he has developed that ability to break the line of the defence to score goals.

“He shoots, he assists, the passes and the free-kicks. But he is not a 10, he is an 8.

“He is a box-to-box player who understands very well the game. He doesn’t just play. He understands everything that happens around him.”

Carvalhal also believes Fernandes can become a leader at United.

Carvalhal says Fernandes will help to organise United on the pitch

Players like Axel Tuanzebe and Daniel James have already revealed the positive impact the new signing is having, with the team currently away on a warm weather training camp in Marbella.

And Carvalhal expects Fernandes to be vocal under United boss Ole Solskjaer.

“He can organise the team, he can talk, he can give feedback,” Carvalhal added.

“He is kind of like a manager on the pitch. He can organise things in the last part of the pitch. He is a really exciting player.

Fernandes playing head tennis with Anthony Martial and Fred on Tuesday during United’s warm-weather training camp in Malaga

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“He has been the best player in the Portuguese league for two years minimum. He is in that group of players who are among the best in the world.

“Sometimes these technical players, it is their quality in the defensive transition that is a problem in the Premier League. When they lose the ball, they don’t react quickly enough to win it back, but he has developed a lot in the past two seasons.

“When his team loses the ball, he reacts quickly to win the ball back. That is important in England. He is not lazy, he is the opposite. A fighter. He has everything to be a key player.”



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