Bruno Fernandes was delighted to see Manchester United target Joao Felix score on his World Cup debut for Portugal.

Despite seemingly being out of favour at Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone, the 23-year-old started alongside Fernandes, Bernardo Silva and Cristiano Ronaldo in a star-studded Selecao forward line.

After Andre Ayew brought Ghana level and cancelled out Ronaldo’s history-making penalty, Fernandes grabbed the game by the scruff of its neck on his 50th cap for Portugal.

United’s number eight played the pass through to Felix, which the Black Stars were unable to cut out, and Atletico’s number seven dinked the ball over the onrushing Ghana goalkeeper to restore his side’s lead.

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United’s Portuguese magnifico picked up his second assist in as many minutes when he played an inch perfect pass into the path of Rafael Leao and the AC Milan forward placed the ball into the far bottom corner first time.

Bruno Fernandes delighted to see Manchester United target Joao Felix score on World Cup debut

With United’s iconic number seven shirt available once again following the termination of Ronaldo’s contract – Felix could see a move to Old Trafford as the perfect opportunity to end his time at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Spanish newspaper AS report that the former Benfica wonderkid is keen to leave the Spanish capital.

United were linked with a big-money move for the 25-time Portugal international in the summer, with AS claiming that the La Liga giants refused to enter the thought of losing their prized asset.

But with Atletico crashing out of Europe altogether, which will have financial ramifications, and Felix’s relationship with Simeone seemingly strained, playing alongside and linking up with Fernandes at club level could well appeal to one of the hottest talents on the planet.

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With Felix, who is represented by Jorge Mendes, even willing to leave Atletico on loan come the January transfer window an opportunity may present itself for Erik ten Hag’s men.

Atletico paid Benfica £113 million to sign Felix in summer 2019, but he hasn’t started a league game for them since September.

But with him flourishing under Fernando Santos alongside Fernandes at international level, Felix could well be ready to follow in Ronaldo’s footsteps for club and country.

It’s clear that Fernandes and Felix get on really well and they could strike up a lethal partnership at the Theatre of Dreams.

The 28-year-old commented on Felix’s Instagram post after netting on his World Cup debut in the 3-2 win against Ghana.

The former Sporting Lisbon captain wrote: “Beautiful to see”.

Seeing the pair link up for the twenty-time league champions could be a sight to behold and it’ll be interesting to see how Felix’s future under Simeone will play out in January.

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