Manchester United still need to sign Fernandes alternative

Bruno Fernandes is finally in at Manchester United, and we can’t wait to see him play.

The attacking midfield position is one United desperately needed to strengthen. And the club should not consider the job finished.

United need to add another attacking midfielder, this summer, adding more depth and quality.

Only so much Fernandes can do

Fernandes cannot play every single game for Manchester United, no more than Marcus Rashford or Scott McTominay can.

United have to manage the squad carefully with Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League matches.

There will likely be a big difference between United when Fernandes is in the team, and when he is not. And he can’t play 90 minutes every Thursday and Sunday.

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Alternatives not good enough

The reason Manchester United are signing Fernandes is because the current attacking midfield options are not good enough.

We have seen enough of Jesse Lingard to base an informed decision he is a shadow of the player United need him to be.

Andreas Pereira might improve, but at the moment he is a flawed player who is not in Fernandes’ class, while an ageing Juan Mata is in a decline.

After seeing Fernandes in the team on a Thursday night, the drop off in quality will be even more noticeable if he is on the bench on a Sunday.

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Practical not greedy

This is not us being greedy after getting Fernandes, its being practical for both Fernandes’ success and United’s.

Fernandes can thrive if there is not undue pressure on him, and United are able to rest him rather than over play him.

Alternative current squad options are to play Paul Pogba in the position, although his long term status at Old Trafford is unclear. Likewise youngster Angel Gomes.

United need a player ideally who can play as a winger and a central attacking midfielder. Dani Olmo would have been ideal, and Hakim Ziyech may yet be.

Jack Grealish, who can play as a 10 or a more typical central midfielder, would be another strong option.

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