Sir Jim Ratcliffe told that selling Manchester United’s prized asset ‘wouldn’t be a disaster’

United need to sell in order to rebuild after years of spending without a plan

Manchester United have reportedly been told that selling Bruno Fernandes this summer ‘wouldn’t be a disaster’ with clubs around Europe likely to show interest for the Portuguese playmaker. It would be gutting for the supporters of the club but United need to find the money to rebuild.

For years now, United have been spending big in the summer with no major footballing plan, just a bunch of businessmen doing deals for big-name players and hoping for the best. But looking back, a majority of the big signings that have been made has flopped for United, leaving a hefty wage bill.

It has been reported that new Bayern Munich manager Vincent Kompany is interested in signing Fernandes this summer and as a player in form for both club and country, there could be more interest in the player which could start a bidding war with United making a good return.

Fernandes signed for United in January 2020 from Sporting Lisbon for an initial £47 million plus add-ons. During his time at the club, Fernandes has made 253 appearances for United, scoring 79 goals and 66 assists – 145 goal contributions – a stunning record for the Portuguese playmaker.

Former Arsenal and Manchester City right-back Bacary Sagna believes that United have three players to build the squad around and Fernandes is not one of them. It is said that Fernandes would like a new contract at United. Speaking about Fernandes to CoinPoker, Sagna said:

“If Manchester United were to sell Bruno Fernandes, I don’t think it would be a massive disaster. Fernandes is a great player, but I think Manchester United needs a complete reset if they are going to be successful in the future.

“There are some very talented young players at the club who Manchester United should build their team around. Garnacho, Mainoo and Højlund are wonderful prospects.

“Manchester United’s leadership need to look to the future; these are the players that can form the spine of the team for the next ten years. Manchester United have a history of giving young talent an opportunity. That is in the DNA of the club.

“It’s never a disaster when a player moves on. There will always be players that come in and replace them. There are a lot of brilliant young players who could come into Manchester United and make the difference.‌

“In France, a market that Jim Ratcliffe should know because of his involvement in Nice, there are several prospects who are ready to play for a big club like Manchester United. Kobbie Mainoo was given an opportunity to express himself and he grabbed it with both hands.

“I was pleased to see him breakthrough this season. I was pleased to see him given an opportunity over the more experienced Christian Eriksen. Sometimes you need to give the next generation an opportunity to flourish, and if that means players like Bruno Fernandes need to move on, then so be it.

‌“There are probably a number of other prospects in the academy that are ready to step into the first team, they just need an opportunity to show the fans what they can do.”

Obviously, United would need to sign a new playmaker for the club. but could opt to sign an up and coming type of player rather than an established player. Every other club around Europe does something like this which is most of the time a good return for the club.

United need to change the way they do things during transfer windows, taking advantage of the market and the fact that the manager and the club are building something to see United return to the pinnacle of domestic and European football in the not too distant future.

It would be a shame to see a player as talented as Fernandes leave the club this summer, if that was to happen but at the age of 29, his best years are starting to be behind him and United should not get left in the predicament they have been left in many times.

It is never good to have an ageing squad and a heft wage bill – it creates problems further down the line with players who are starting to achieve in the big time also demanding huge wages and one problem tends to create another and so on. United need a footballing structure and fast!

Written by Paul


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I support Manchester United, the greatest English football team to have ever existed. Bruno Fernandes is the latest in a long line of players with great ability to play for the club. I idolised Bryan Robson, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, and Eric Cantona growing up.