Bruno Fernandes Manchester United

Wright expresses Bruno Fernandes concerns after watching his Manchester United debut

Ian Wright has expressed his concerns that Manchester United may not see the best of Bruno Fernandes due to the lack of quality in and around their new signing.

Despite Fernandes having only made his much-hyped move to Manchester United move on Thursday evening, the Portuguese was instantly thrust into the Old Trafford limelight, making his debut on Saturday evening after just one training session with his new teammates.

In the first half, the 25-year-old operated in the number 10 position behind Anthony Martial, but played in a deeper role alongside Fred in the second half, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitting that a lack of movement in front of him was the reason for the positional switch.

“You can see he is a top player, of course, it’s his first game,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

“First half, everyone was, more or less, getting the ball into feet, and Bruno is one of them [players] that when he gets the ball into feet, he wants players running, wants players moving in front of him and we didn’t move enough in front of him.

“So we moved him further back to get him on the ball more, and he’ll be a top, top addition.”

Fernandes registered some pretty impressive stats during his time at Sporting Lisbon, and statistically was one of the most influential players on his debut, though United were unable to break down a well-drilled Wolves side, the game ending 0-0.

However, speaking on Saturday night’s Match of the Day, Ian Wright expressed his fears that Fernandes could suffer similar struggles to Paul Pogba, due to the lack of quality and movement he has around him.

“You look at those stats, I’ve seen the same with Pogba and it looks it might happen the same with him,” the former Arsenal striker said.

“He needs something in front of him. He needs someone to run onto things.

“If [United] are going to carry on playing like that he’s going to slip into that ordinary kind of category as well unfortunately.”

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