Rangnick says he wants Bruno Fernandes playing like he was last season
Bruno Fernandes netted a brace and was among Manchester United’s best players in the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday evening.
The 4-2-3-1 formation seems to suit the Portuguese playmaker far more than 4-2-2-2 and it remains to be seen whether Ralf Rangnick sticks with it for the trip to Brentford.
Ahead of that trip to west London, Rangnick was asked in an interview with United’s official website whether Bruno is now getting back to his best after that display at Villa Park.
He suggested that was the case and as Fernandes played well at Villa Park, underlining his status as someone who is ‘very important’ to this United side.
When asked if he thinks Bruno is getting back to his best at United, Rangnick replied: “I mean, yes.
“For me again, if you look at his performances last season and how many goals he scored and how many assists he gave, this is the level I want him to play at.
“It was a very good performance at Villa Park, not only because he scored two goals but also what he did defensively and tactically, for the first 70 minutes.
“Again, he’s a very important player for us for the next couple of months.”
What Rangnick said about Bruno’s tactical and defensive work is interesting, because the midfielder has been willing to run hard throughout his United career, but often doing it solo and at the expense of the team structure.
If he can keep pressing and working hard within the team structure, that will be better for him because he is using his energy more effectively and better for Rangnick as he works towards what he wants his United side to look like.
The result was very frustrating on Saturday but there was plenty for Bruno to take out of it from a personal perspective, now he has been restored to his best position as a number ten.
It is now up to him to build on that and continue his route back to his best, producing goals and assists regularly again, starting tonight at Brentford.
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