Manchester United and Portugal duo Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo need to rediscover their lethal connection.

Since the 37-year-old returned to Old Trafford last summer, there have been constant claims that Fernandes’ form suffers when playing alongside his legendary compatriot.

However, on Ronaldo’s homecoming against Newcastle United last September our iconic number seven scored a brace and Fernandes, who was donning the number 18 jersey at the time, scored a screamer from distance in a 4-1 win.

Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Red Devils struggled to build on the wave of hysteria that was radiating around the Theatre of Dreams after putting the Magpies to the sword on Ronaldo’s return.

Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo need to rediscover connection

Just days after beating Steve Bruce’s Toon Army, Fernandes set up Ronaldo to score our opener at Young Boys in the Champions League.

In October/November last year, United’s Portuguese Magnifico provided assists for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in back-to-back games, which came against Tottenham Hotspur and Atalanta.

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But since combing in Bergamo in early November 2021, the Portuguese pair haven’t directly linked up to score a goal for United in nearly a year.

Their last joint goal participation in the Premier League came away to Spurs a year ago when Fernandes’ lofted pass was met by a sumptuous Ronaldo volley from a tight angle.

The north Londoners are United’s next opponents as Antonio Conte’s Spurs travel to Old Trafford for tomorrow night’s Premier League clash.

Whether Erik ten Hag starts Ronaldo is a completely different talking point, but the former Ajax man will no doubt be eager to see the Seleaco pair break their respected duck.

Despite playing 84 times with Ronaldo for club and country, it does seem that Fernandes’ game and range of passing better suits linking up with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

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From 48 Manchester United appearances alongside Ronaldo, Fernandes has set up the former Juventus man three times.

Whereas with the younger and nimbler Martial and Rashford, United’s number eight has a far more impressive output.

Martial and Fernandes have combined to score 12 goals from 65 games while the former Sporting Lisbon captain and Rashford combining to score 17 goals from 109 matches.

Fernandes’ joint goal participation stats with Ronaldo maybe exactly the same as what his are with Jadon Sancho.

But Ten Hag will likely want more from his influential Portuguese duo.

Fernandes and Ronaldo combined to devastating effect to open the scoring against Tottenham a year ago – let’s hope they can reproduce that form against the north Londoners tomorrow night.

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