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Sporting Lisbon's exciting playmaker Bruno Fernandes.

Man Utd want Sporting Lisbon's Bruno Fernandes to fill void left by Marouane Fellaini

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The upcoming summer transfer window looks set to be a big one for Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks all but certain to land the manager job on a permanent basis, despite losing his last two games.

The Norwegian has worked minor miracles since succeeding Jose Mourinho back in December, reinstating the club's philosophy of quick, attack-minded football.

However, results in the last two games have made it clear that Solskjaer will need reinforcements if he is to take this squad to the next level.

The defence is still shaky and the midfield can lack potency at times if Paul Pogba is having an off day.

As such, United have identified a very exciting target to potentially remedy that issue.

According to the Evening Standard, the Red Devils are after Sporting Lisbon captain Bruno Fernandes to fill the midfield void left by Marouane Fellaini.

The 24-year-old has been one of the most prolific midfielders in Europe this season, scoring 13 goals and assisting 10 more in just 25 Liga NoS games.

Moving from Fellaini to a player with Fernandes' skill set would be testament to the change in philosophy from the days under Mourinho.

Fernandes celebrates a goal vs Nacional

Fellaini was one of the Portuguese's favourite weapons, with players like Fernandes often overlooked by the 'Special One' - just look at the case of Juan Mata.

Fernandes is capable of playing on both flanks, but thrives as a central midfielder.

A great passer, a fantastic dribbler, a keen eye for goal and an adept set-piece taker, the rising star appears to be the full package.

The only potential issue would be the adaptation process from the Portuguese top-flight to the Premier League.

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