Bruno Fernandes' Manchester United debut: Instant reaction
Manchester United already look a better team with Bruno Fernandes in the side.
The problem is the lack of quality around him. But hopefully that will come. Neither Dan James or Andreas Pereira are currently worthy complements to the Portuguese.
One game in, there is a lot to be encouraged about from Fernandes’ debut and his own individual performance.
Let’s not forget he has had just one training session with his new teammates.
He seemed to adapt almost instantly, showing a willingness to get on the ball and get involved.
He was keen to shoot, from open play, and set pieces, and almost forced former Sporting teammate Rui Patricio into an embarrassing mistake in the Wolves goal.
He’ll score plenty for United, even if a debut goal did not come, he showed he will be a real danger with his willingness to shoot from outside the box.
Wearing Paul Scholes’ old shirt number 18, Fernandes showed he has some of the same bite, picking up United’s first booking of the game in the second half.
In the first half of football, Fernandes had more shots at goal and touches than any player on the pitch. He already showed he had the trust of his teammates, taking a free-kick from a threatening area.
Wolves are a tough team and 0-0 was not a complete surprise. The one positive was another clean sheet.
In some ways this was a nice realistic debut from Fernandes, rather than a match which he would struggle to replicate on a weekly basis. If this is the minimum we can expect from him, it’s an improvement on the players who struggled in his role beforehand.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played him for the whole 90 minutes, showing he has no worries about his fitness. It was a great show of faith from the boss, especially considering his booking.
In total he had 108 touches, more than any player, five shots, three of which were on target, while also making two tackles.
There is more to come from Fernandes, but this was a positive start. It’s just great to see him out there.
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