Manchester United fans were left disappointed and concerned towards the end of the summer transfer window after realising that Bruno Fernandes wouldn’t be coming to Old Trafford.
Many supporters - especially those on social media - were convinced that Fernandes, who was strongly linked with a big-money move to United, would be the ideal midfield signing.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his backroom staff decided otherwise, and United ended the window with Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire as their only three purchases.
The Daily Mail revealed earlier this month that United scouts weren’t convinced that Fernandes was good enough for the Red Devils.
They didn’t feel he was suitable for the way Solskjaer likes to play - mainly because he gives away possession too often, apparently.
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But even if that’s true, his goals and assist stats speak for themselves.
In 50 appearances last season, Fernandes netted a remarkable 31 goals from midfield.
And against Sporting Braga on Sunday night, the 24-year-old Portugal international registered a hat-trick of assists in a 3-1 victory.
Here’s one of them…
This news irritated United fans, who watched their team slump to a 1-0 home defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
They took to social media to point out that Fernandes registered more assists in this one match than Jesse Lingard has managed to produce in over a year.
Here are just a few of the tweets from perturbed United supporters…
Even if Solskjaer isn’t keen, it’s hard to see Fernandes staying in Portugal for much longer.
Surely one of Europe’s top clubs will snap him up in the near future?
Even Cristiano Ronaldo revealed his surprise that his compatriot is still at Sporting, telling reporters last week: “In the national team you have Cancelo, Bruno Fernandes, who nobody knows why he doesn’t leave.
“In the national team, you have a lot of talent, so I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Possibly this new generation will be the best at the talent level, but that’s not enough.
“They have to want to. I have spoken to him. Positive, I’m a captain who wants to help and be helped.”News Now - Sport News