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Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes would fill any void left by Paul Pogba

Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes would fill any void left by Paul Pogba

The wheels are already in motion for Bruno Fernandes’ move to Manchester United, according to Portuguese media outlet Record.

Obviously, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope he can improve on what turned out to be a bitterly disappointing campaign, which saw the side win just three times in final 12 games of the season. Frankly, he needs to, considering Jamie Redknapp claimed on Sky (via the Metro) at the start of May that he should fear the sack…

However, his task hasn’t been made any easier by recent revelations. Paul Pogba, who produced 16 goals and 11 assists last season, publicly announced his intention to seek a new challenge away from Old Trafford. And no matter what you think about the Frenchman, that would leave a rather large void for United to fill.

One name who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United this summer is Bruno Fernandes. And it’s easy to see why: the Sporting Lisbon star, who is also a rumoured target for Tottenham, netted 32 goals in all competitions last season.

The people over at Total Football Analysis recently produced a report which suggests that Fernandes would be the perfect fit for Solskjaer’s United, for a number of reasons. For starters, they argue that his ability to play ‘in between the lines’ suits the style and shape commanded by the Norwegian who typically plays with two players in that role (either Lingard or Pogba). His versatility is also touched upon, with suggestions that he can operate on the wing as competently as he can in an attacking midfield role.

On average the Portugal international produced 3.6 shots and 3.2 key passes per game, while Pogba – United’s current most threatening attacker – managed 3 and 1.6, respectively (as per WhoScored). Total Football Analysis went on to discuss Fernandes’ quote “fantastic passing ability,” “excellently times runs,” and “effectiveness between the lines”.

These are all things United fans enjoyed with Pogba, yes, but if he does leave, this seems like a ready-made replacement.

Manchester United fans, do you think Fernandes will be able to replace Pogba? Let us know in the comments below…

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