Bruno Fernandes saw his Portugal side frustrated at the weekend in a World Cup qualifier with Serbia.

Fernandes’ country were pegged back to draw 2-2 after going two goals up. They then had a Cristiano Ronaldo winner wrongly chalked off in injury time.

There was more bad news for Portugal as Bruno Fernandes picked up a booking, meaning he will be suspended for their fixture in midweek.

Finally, Bruno will get the rest he has not yet had in 2021. Portugal shouldn’t need him on Tuesday night either against Luxembourg, so this could be the best case scenario for all involved.

Serbia v Portugal - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier
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Has not had a proper rest in months

Fernandes will now get seven full days between Portugal’s match on Saturday night and Manchester United’s next fixture against Brighton next Sunday.

The last time Fernandes had a rest of seven days was back in November, when he had a week between United’s win over Everton on the 7th, and Portugal’s match with France on the 14th.

Since then over the past four months he has been on a continuous run of playing every weekend, and every midweek, amid United’s relentless schedule.

He has played 69 games for club and country since last June.


The longest gap he has had between games since November is a break of five days.

Fernandes’ form has mellowed out a little too. In the last 10 games for club and country he has just one goal and one assist.

This break should do him good, although it is not exactly a full scale rest.

Fernandes has to fly back to Manchester once he is released from Portugal’s training camp — you would think they would now let him leave early. Then he will train back at Carrington, as United prepare for the home game with Brighton next week.

United need a fresh Bruno fit and ready for the last few weeks of the season. He has to take a rest where he can get one, and this brief break at least should work in his and United’s favour.

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