Bruno Fernandes may play unexpected role in Manchester United's January transfer window decision

For Manchester United and Ralf Rangnick, the current Covid-19 outbreak that ripped its method by means of the first-team squad couldn't have come at a worse time.

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Bruno Fernandes has struggled for kind in current months and will quickly discover himself beneath strain from Jesse Lingard for a daily beginning berth.

On a three-game winning run in the Premier League, three games unbeaten beneath Rangnick and 6 games unbeaten in all competitions since sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last month, the current hiatus has threatened to derail the current momentum and confidence that United have gained after a tough interval.

For Bruno Fernandes, nonetheless, it may not have been higher timed.

The Portugal international, who joined United from Sporting Lisbon virtually two years in the past, has struggled for consistency this season, along with his performances, significantly in current weeks, a far cry from the same old normal he so typically units himself. He has scored simply 5 goals in all competitions this time period, however his assists tally of 9, six of which have come in the UEFA Champions League, does barely atone for his lack of goals.

However, the previous Sporting attacking-midfielder, regardless of scoring in the current 3-2 win over Arsenal in the ultimate game beneath former caretaker boss Michael Carrick, has not regarded himself, particularly in United's last outing against Norwich City.

Deployed in one of many two advanced-midfield roles in United's new-look 4-2-2-2 system, Fernandes produced one of many worst showings he has delivered in United colors. He was wasteful in possession, giving the ball away 17 occasions in the primary alone, lacked creativity and regarded uncomfortable each in and out of possession.

If something, it was a efficiency that will have been worthy of him being axed from the beginning line-up three days later against Brentford had that fixture have gone forward. It was uncharacteristic and, arguably, the bottom level of what has been a glittering Old Trafford profession up till now for the 27-year-old, who notched 28 goals in all competitions last season.

While the current pause on United's season may have allowed Fernandes to replicate on his current struggles and helped him be taught extra about the way in which Rangnick desires him to play in his new-look system, his kind in current weeks could have little doubt captured the eye of Jesse Lingard, who has struggled for game time this season.

Lingard, who's out-of-contract at Old Trafford on the finish of the season, has made simply 12 appearances in all competitions this time period, ten of which have been in its place. One among his two begins, nonetheless, has come since Rangnick took cost, with the previous West Ham United loanee included in the beginning line-up that drew 1-1 with Younger Boys in the Champions League simply over a fortnight in the past.

Though Lingard didn't profit from his alternative that night, incessantly drifting in and out of the game, in addition to failing to impose himself in an attacking sense, he wasn't rewarded beneath Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this season, when he stepped off the bench against each Newcastle United and West Ham.

Nonetheless, contemplating Lingard is out-of-contract at United on the finish of the season, the Reds usually tend to look to try to offload him in January, in an try to safe a transfer charge for his providers. Lingard, although, is understood to be keen on seeing the campaign out at Old Trafford and forcing his method into Rangnick's ideas.


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