Bruno Fernandes and Portugal are out of Euro 2020 after a 1-0 defeat to Belgium.

While bitterly disappointing for the midfielder, from a Manchester United point of view, it is a big positive.

Fernandes has not looked himself at the tournament and began the last 16 game on the bench.

Belgium v Portugal - UEFA Euro 2020: Round of 16
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While he came on in the 55th minute and created two chances, he is not at his very best and has just played too much football over the past year.

This was his 85th game for club and country inside the last 13 months. It’s just too much.

Now Fernandes can have a well deserved holiday with his family and rest ahead of pre-season, when he will be permitted to return late.

 

He should get a minimum of two weeks off before returning to Carrington, and this rest is going to be needed.

The Portuguese international could have had another fortnight of action at Euro 2020 if his country had made the final.

This means Fernandes will be in better shape for the start of the Premier League season on August 14 when United face Leeds at Old Trafford.

This international defeat is disappointing for Fernandes but ultimately it is in his interests to have a rest now. It’s what he needs.

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