Bruno Fernandes is on his longest goal drought for Manchester United since he signed.

Fernandes got no closer to breaking that streak against Watford as United lost embarrassingly.

He had a late chance with the score at 2-1 and blazed wildly over the bar.

After the final whistle Fernandes had to be consoled by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and teammate Fred, an unused substitute.

Fernandes had tried to remonstrate with frustrated supporters, and told them to aim anger at the players and not just the manager.

He looked like a beaten man, with his confidence sapped by a losing run for his club, and poor results for his country too.

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It is hard to see Fernandes like this. For nearly two years he has been the model of consistency for United, the swashbuckling dynamo leading United’s midfield.


Right now the spark has gone out of his game, and he is not being helped at all by his manager.

Solskjaer has had a big role in Fernandes’ malaise. His total faith in the player has tipped the other way, to the point where it hurts him and it hirts others.

Fernandes never gets a rest, and is rarely taken off when he is not having a good game.

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Jesse Lingard and Donny van de Beek have seen their careers suffer as a result of his reliance and dependence on Fernandes.

United need an overhaul right now to get back on track, which, to speak bluntly, means a change of manager.

Fernandes would benefit from a new approach to galvanise the team and lift his spirits. Right now he needs one.

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