Man Utd target Bruno Fernandes produced an incredible pass during Benfica loss

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Sporting Lisbon's Bruno Fernandes can't go a single day without being linked to Manchester United.

The Portuguese midfielder was linked with a move to Old Trafford last summer - as well as Tottenham Hotspur for that matter - but now speculation of a move has reached its zenith.

Various sources are reporting that Fernandes has agreed to terms with the Red Devils, while others are anticipating the completion of a move as early as next week.

However, amidst all the conflicting speculation, BBC 5 Live’s Darren Fletcher has even thrown in a curveball that the move could actually be in 'severe doubt.'

It's hard to know who to believe during transfer sagas like these, but what we can safely establish is that Ed Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer want Fernandes on their books.

Bruno Fernandes vs Benfica

And as a consequence, an even greater spotlight is being cast on Fernandes' displays in Portugal and especially seeing as Sporting were on derby duties against Benfica on Friday night.

In the end, it was disappointment for Sporting as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at home with a late brace from Rafa Silva, the latter goal of which coming nine minutes into stoppage time.

The result at the Jose Alvalade Stadium meant that Benfica pulled away into a nine-point lead in Primeira Liga, but things could have played out very differently in the first half.

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Fernandes' incredible pass

That's because Fernandes gave a clinic in exactly why United are chasing his signature with an inspired pass that almost carved out a goal for ex-Liverpool man Rafael Camacho.

Fernandes, who has created 16 chances from long balls in Liga NOS this season, curved a fantastic through-ball past the Benfica defence from at least 20 yards inside his own half.

However, the delivery didn't get the finish it deserved as Camacho, despite making good contact, struck the post and watched the ball ping away for a goal-kick. Check out the pass down below:

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It's hard not to imagine Marcus Rashford running on to the end of that pass and absolutely burying it.

For all of United's ham-fisted decisions in the transfer window post-2013, Fernandes looks by far one of the most logical signings and would finally liven up the club's stale midfield.

Paul Pogba seems to be the only player in the United midfield with any inspiration and he's either spending every 10 seconds on the treatment table or whipping up transfer speculation. 

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And there are definitely shades of Pogba within Fernandes' playing style, especially the sort of long through-balls he showed against Benfica and would play to the strengths of United's pace.

That, and the fact Fernandes is far more comfortable in front of goal with 49 goals in 79 matches, blowing the tallies of Pogba, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira out of the water.

The road to Fernandes seems far from completion, but United could do much, much worse than throwing the kitchen sink at reaching its terminus before February arrives.

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