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Why Manchester United refused Bruno Fernandes transfer this summer

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Bruno Fernandes was a subject of transfer speculation throughout the summer transfer window for English clubs, with United and Tottenham Hotspur believed to be the front-runners for his signing.

However, no deal materialized for the 24-year-old, with Tottenham securing a year loan deal for Real Betis star, Giovanni Lo Celso instead. Man United, however, did not sign any alternative for the midfielder who is set to stay at Sporting CP for another year unless a non-English side decides to bid for him.

While many has suggested that his physicality might have been the reason United decided against Bruno, it has now emerged that the Red Devils opted against signing the talented playmaker because he gives possession away too often for Solskjaer’s liking.

Sportsmail reveals that United’s scouts did not see the Portugal international as advantageous to the manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjær’s style of play, which greatly involves reliability on decision making when moving forward with the ball, and Bruno has the unwanted tendency to break down attacking moves in the final third.

The midfielder has a 75.1% pass completion in the final third last season, a figure that failed to impress Manchester United’s scouts.

The Reds are still in pursuit of a new midfielder though and are expected to focus on signing a suitable one either in January or next summer.

The English giants have seen the departure of both Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini in 2019 and have ultimately failed to sign a replacement for either of them.

Though Gary Neville claimed there was “nothing special” about either of the two, United’s lack of depth in the middle of the park might be a cause for concern in the long run.

Nemanja Matic is also one player expected to leave the club soon, after being deemed unsuitable for Ole’s football and there are still concerns over Paul Pogba’s future.

The France international claimed recently that there are still “question marks” over his future. So, signing a world-class midfielder could become a priority in the near future.


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