Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole has expressed his ‘concern’ that Bruno Fernandes could have his head turned in the near future if La Liga giants Barcelona or Real Madrid come calling.
The Portugal international has been a revelation since his arrival at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in January, the 26-year-old quickly emerging as the club’s most important player and one of the Premier League‘s most exciting and creative talents, after picking up three player of the month awards in 2020.
The attacking midfielder’s impact has been obvious on and off the pitch, with the former Sampdoria man even taking the captain’s armband during Manchester United‘s 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain earlier this season.
His startling start to life in England has caught the eye of many, with Red Devils legend Cole – who won five league titles while at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ – admitting that he was ‘surprised’ at how well Fernandes has done thus far.
“I’m very surprised to see how quickly Bruno Fernandes has taken to the Premier League since he joined Manchester United,” he told The Target Men Podcast.
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“Bruno Fernandes joined the club for a big fee and I have to say I didn’t know too much about him.
“I wondered if he was going to be able to continue scoring goals and producing assists at the same rate this season now that clubs knew more about him, but he’s arguably been even better!
“Bruno Fernandes doesn’t wear the captain’s armband but anyone watching this Manchester United team can see that he is the leader of the dressing room and he leads by example on the pitch. He’s a world-class quality player.”
Despite his growing importance to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, Cole believes that United should be wary of potential interest from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, particularly if they can’t match the player’s ambitions.
“The concern for Manchester United is that Bruno Fernandes has well and truly put himself on the map now,” Cole added.
“It’s probably only a matter of time until there are rumours of a Barcelona and Real Madrid being interested in signing him and if Manchester United continue to not perform in the Champions League, no-one knows if his head could be turned in the years ahead.”