Bruno Fernandes got a dose of reality making his Manchester United debut. For now, he is going to have to do a lot of heavy lifting.
The Portuguese star was at the centre of everything good United did. He just did not get enough help from his teammates.
Dan James and Andreas Pereira were poor, as was Anthony Martial up front. He was not in sync with Fernandes and found it tough against Wolves’ well organised defence.
Fernandes did not manage to create any chances in the match, but he did try to get the team going.
He had five shots at goal, more than any player on the pitch, landing three of them on target.
Fernandes sent a message to fans after the match, commenting how happy he was to make his debut.
Fernandes had 108 touches, more than any player on show at Old Trafford, and also picked up a booking for his efforts.
His performance was not helped by Nemanja Matic’s suspension and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics.
In the second half in particular Fernandes was asked to play a deeper role, with Andreas Pereira moving forward. This didn’t really work, which was entirely predictable.
In the context of a debut performance after arriving in Manchester just two days before the game, Fernandes did really well.
This was no dream debut lit up by a winning goal, but it offered a tantalising glimpse of what he is capable of. And he is going to get a lot better.
It was really encouraging and clearly he can’t do it all by himself, when key players return from injuries, United will be a stronger team.
Here is a look at how United supporters reacted to Fernandes’ display.
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