Bruno Fernandes showed just why he would be a terrific signing for Manchester United last night.
The Portugal international showcased his ability by scoring past United’s rivals Liverpool.
Fernandes scored one goal from long range, with help from a goalkeeper error, and set up another in a 2-2 friendly draw.
It was always dangerous from United to let Fernandes to get close to Liverpool, in case they step up their own interest in him.
Cutting through their defence should be a sign. It should convince United need to finally splash out on the attacker.
Are we trying to sign him?
Well here’s the question. United have been linked to Fernandes all summer, but have made no progress.
A spoiler report from The Mirror yesterday claimed United don’t have interest in the attacker, contrary to numerous reports otherwise.
Reports elsewhere have claimed United are haggling over the price, with Fernandes telling The Independent he is keen on a move to the Premier League.
It’s tough to know what exactly Ed Woodward is busy doing.
His performance last night highlighted his ability once again. If we wanted to see if he was capable against Premier League opposition, we now have our answer.
If we don’t sign him, then there is a real risk a rival club do.
His 30 plus goals for Sporting last season were no fluke. He is a game changer who could take United up a level.
Klopp was quoted after the game last night when asked about United signing Fernandes by The Echo: “He’s obviously a really good player. They have already a few really good players, so that will probably make them stronger. It’s not nice.”
If he’s worried, then that’s a good start. United just have to pay up, and hopefully his price tag has not just shot up.
Here is a look at the reaction to Fernandes’ performance last night…
- Manchester United could see reported target Nuno Mendes as a winger in the long term
- Ethan Galbraith must impress on loan to jump ahead of Levitt and Garner at Manchester United
- Teden Mengi deserves to replace Phil Jones in Manchester United squad
- Manchester United would be absolutely fine without Pogba
- Manchester United’s Dylan Levitt must channel his idol Scholes during likely loan spell