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February Review: Fernandes, Fred and Martial the players to talk about with De Gea, Shaw, McTominay and Ighalo honourably mentioned

Manchester United played five times in February because of the winter break which has been implemented into the fixture schedule. United started the month at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, a match which saw Bruno Fernandes make his first appearance for the club. It was a 0-0 draw, a match that should have been much better. It would be two weeks before United played again because of the winter break.

On the 17th February, United beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge – a match which saw Fernandes do what he was doing in Portugal – getting his first assist with Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire scoring the goals in the game. Chelsea did score twice – both ruled out by VAR. United then faced Club Brugge on the 20 February in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg, a 1-1 draw with Martial scoring United’s goal.

Next up for United was Watford in the Premier League on the 23 February, a 3-0 victory for United with Fernandes scoring his first goal for the club with Martial and Mason Greenwood scoring the other goals. It was a much-needed win in the league with United keeping the chase on Chelsea in the race for a top four finish – sitting just three points adrift of the London club in fifth place in the league.

The final match of February came against Club Brugge in the Europa League round of 32 second leg, a 5-0 victory for United. Fernandes scored his second goal for the club with Scott McTominay, Odion Ighalo – scoring his first goal and a brace for Fred. It ended a good month for United, which could have started better. However, United are now on a seven-match unbeaten run and seeking to continue that in March.

Bruno Fernandes – five appearances, 344 minutes, two goals, two assists and three Man of the Match awards.

The Portuguese midfielder has been a breath of fresh air after arriving at the club during the January transfer window. In five appearances for his new club, he has scored two goals, two assists and been named the club’s MOTM three times. Fernandes has shown United what they had ben missing for the first part of the season and seemingly solved their creativity crisis almost immediately – performing well against Wolves, despite playing a central midfield role because of injury and suspension. Fernandes will be seeking to continue his form into March, helping United achieve this season with a place in the Champions League next season the main prize although two trophies are still effectively on the table.

Anthony Martial – four appearances, 327 minutes, three goals and one Man of the Match award.

The Frenchman has improved recently, which could well be done to the fact Fernandes arrived at the club. Martial has now scored 15 goals this season and despite missing the Club Brugge second leg match at Old Trafford due to injury, he could still have a big part to play this season. Martial has played 2,344 minutes of football this season, playing in 11 of the last 12 matches. Martial is a talented player but looking at the way Odion Ighalo played against Brugge on Thursday, Martial may need to do more leading the line.

Fred – five appearances, 368 minutes, two goals, one assist and one Man of the Match awards.

The Brazilian midfielder has played a lot of football this season, playing a total of 2,714 minutes of football in all competitions up to and including the victory over Club Brugge. Fred has showed a lot of improvement this season and giving him the playing time seems to have done that. On Thursday at Old Trafford he scored a brace and was involved heavily in the result that saw United reach the last 16 in the Europa League. Fred may cause problems in midfield when Paul Pogba is back as I do not believe the Brazilian should just be dropped to the bench.

Notable Mentions: David De Gea, Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, and Odion Ighalo

David De Gea may not be one of the star players for February but he has showed signs of returning to form. In three appearances – 270 minutes, the Spanish goalkeeper has kept two clean sheets in a month where United have kept four clean sheets in five matches. Luke Shaw is one of only two players to play 90 minutes in each of the five matches played in February playing 450 minutes of football. He has adapted to a new position in defence some of the time rising his form and giving his all for United.

Scott McTominay has only just returned to action following a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury, playing 83 minutes of football over two matches, scoring one goal, which was great to see. It is important to see him back in the team strengthening the midfield in a way only he can do. Lastly, Odion Ighalo will have dreamed about the last month many times during his life. He’s played 128 minutes of football and during each appearance he has been close to scoring, finally doing that on Thursday at Old Trafford on his first start.

Who is your Player of the Month for February 2020?

A look at what lies ahead in March…

United could play seven matches in March where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking to keep chase on a top four finish in the Premier League, reach the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup and reach the quarter final stage of the UEFA Europa League. United matches for March 2020 are as follows;

1 March – Everton, Goodison Park – Premier League

5 March – Derby County, Pride Park – Emirates FA Cup

8 March – Manchester City, Old Trafford – Premier League

12 March – LASK, Linzer Stadion – UEFA Europa League

15 March – Tottenham Hotspur, THFC Stadium – Premier League

18 March – LASK, Old Trafford – UEFA Europa League

21 March – Sheffield United, Old Trafford – Premier League

The importance of Manchester United’s January transfer business

One of the many, many problems that have contributed to the recent downfall of Manchester United, is its ridiculously imbalanced and mismanaged wage structure.

No matter what your profession, be it a superstar footballer or a regular employee of a company, money is a massive motivational factor behind your everyday performance, and it should also reflect your contribution to your employer and fellow teammates.

Recent years have seen the United compile the most expensive wage bill in the country, totalling an astonishing £232 million last season and reportedly, the second most expensive in world football. This is simply unacceptable for a squad that has underperformed so much in recent years.

So why is paying extortionate wages a bad thing at one of the world’s richest football clubs? The answer is, it isn’t, provided that the club is performing on pitch, something United have clearly not been over the last seven years or so.

United ranked third in this year’s Deloitte Money League, with total revenue of £604 million across the 2018/19 campaign. It is clear the club can comfortably afford a substantial wage bill, but the pure cost regarding salaries is not the sole problem. The issue mainly resided with the imbalance and recklessness which salaries were paid to players. 

The perfect example to highlight this within the club can be by comparing the salaries of Ander Herrera, one of the clubs most consistent performers in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, with that of Alexis Sanchez. Herrera was on a reported salary of £120,000 a week, Sanchez was just shy of triple that amount (£350,000).

It is no doubt that an unjustified imbalance such as this was a key factor in Herrera’s summer exit to Paris Saint-Germain after a tug of war over a contract extension, where United eventually decided to not meet the wage demands of the influential midfielder. Wage demands likely brought about due to those being paid to players contributing significantly less to the cause, such as Sanchez, to name but a few. 

As United fell further and further adrift from the top of the table, the board tried to counteract this by implementing a Galactico-esque recruitment policy, paying over the odds in terms of transfer fees and wages, with no clear and concise financial and tactical structure to be seen to compliment these signings.

Players such as Angel Di Maria (£280,000), Radamel Falcao (£265,000) and even the new contract issued to a declining Wayne Rooney under David Moyes which saw his weekly income rise to £300,000 a week, further highlight the absurd and somewhat desperate recruitment policy that reiterate the above issue. The club was fast becoming a pit stop for players and agents a like to hold to ransom and take advantage of its envious financial strengths.

However, as the dust settles on the January window, the transfer activity points to a potentially positive shift in attitude. The deal to sign Portuguese playmaker Bruno Fernandes was eventually completed and United raised a few eyebrows after bringing in former Watford striker Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua on a six-month loan.

What United fans should be happy to see before either player steps foot on the pitch is the wages that the players representatives and the club have agreed upon. Fernandes is reported to earn £70,000 a week at Old Trafford, a relatively modest amount for a top Premier League side and a highly sought after playmaker.

Whilst the details have not yet been released for Ighalo’s wage package. The player himself stated how he was happy to take whatever wage cut was required to come to Old Trafford. Perhaps unsurprising as he was likely earning a substantial sum in China. However, a common factor is still evident across the two signings, a more prudent financial stance.

Some may suggest that these lower figures are as a result of United’s lack of Champions League football or the fact the club is not once what it was and its inability to attract top tier players. This point may carry some substance, but still, the fact remains that Manchester United have more than enough financial resources to lure players in on financial grounds, it would suggest they have simply decided not to, perhaps wisely after several years of failure on the pitch.

It would be naive to suggest that this alone is even nearly enough to propel the club forward, but it is rectifying one of the multitude of problems within the club. Something that United fans should not leave unnoticed.

If this stance continues and United can attract quality players with a more well rounded wage structure, such as that so clearly evident at Liverpool and Manchester City, coupled with the signings of four or five first team players which are desperately required also, things may start to take a turn for the better at Old Trafford. Disharmony such as that mentioned with Ander Herrera will hopefully subside, time will tell.

Written by Sean Kennedy

Manchester United confirm the signing of Bruno Fernandes on a five-and-a-half year contract

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Bruno Fernandes on a five-and-a-half year contract with the option of a further year. The 25-year-old Portuguese midfielder arrived in Manchester on Wednesday evening as United face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg, which they won 1-0 but lost 3-2 on aggregate. Fernandes was linked to the Old Trafford club all last summer and throughout January.

Fernandes made his professional debut playing for Novara, a club he came through the youth team during the 2012/13 season. He had previously played for Infesta, Boavista and was loaned to Pasteliera whilst playing youth football. During the summer of 2013, Fernandes signed for Udinese in Italy, spending three seasons at the club before signing for Sampdoria in the summer of 2016.

The following summer Fernandes returned to Portugal with Sporting CP, who paid €8.5 million for the player, signing him to a contract with a €100 million release clause. He played for the club for two full seasons, playing around half of the current season. Fernandes has played 137 times for Sporting, scoring 63 goals with a further 52 assists in all competitions, including pre-season matches.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ideally needed to strengthen the midfield during the summer but only signed Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Harry Maguire. Fernandes becomes his fourth signing at the club and there should be many more coming in either this month, which might seem unlikely, or in the summer, which should see United better prepared to get the team ready for the 2020/21 season, which needs to show a lot of improvement.

Fernandes has played for times for Sporting this month; a 2-1 home defeat to FC Porto, a 3-1 away victory over Vitória Setúbal, in which he scored a brace, a 2-0 home defeat to Benfica, and a 1-0 away victory over Marítimo. The 25-year-old has played 2,114 minutes of competitive football for the Portuguese club this season and will be ready to make his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday evening, ahead of the winter break.

When Solskjaer has a full team available, Fernandes could line up with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay in a three-man midfield, which could get United playing the right way. Of course, there would be more depth in the team with Nemanja Matic, Fred plus the likes of James Garner and Dylan Levitt if they do not head out on loan this month, which would be good for their future to gain more first team experience.

Speaking about signing for United, Fernandes speaking to the official Manchester United website, said:

“My love of Manchester United really started when I used to watch Cristiano Ronaldo play and ever since then I have been a big fan of this great club. 

“For me to now play for Manchester United feels incredible, I have worked hard to get to this moment and I can promise the fans that I will give everything for the badge to help bring us more success and trophies. 

“I want to thank Sporting for everything they have done for me.  It is surreal to hear the nice words that have been said about me from players that used to play for this team. 

“A massive thank you to Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] and everyone at Manchester United for the trust they have shown in me and I can’t wait to start to repay that on the pitch.”

Solskjaer followed by speaking about his fourth signing for the club, saying:

“We have been tracking Bruno [Fernandes] for many months and everyone here has been tremendously impressed with all his attributes and what he will bring to this team.

“Most importantly he is a terrific human being with a great personality and his leadership qualities are clear for all to see. Bruno’s goals and assists stats speak for themselves, he will be a fantastic addition to our team and he will help us push on in the second part of the season.

“The winter break is coming at a perfect time for us to integrate Bruno into the squad and for him to get to know his team-mates.”

This is an exciting time for United supporters who will be looking forward to seeing Fernandes line up for his new club, starting on Saturday. There will then be a break with United not playing until Monday 17 October 2020 when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before facing Club Brugge away from home as the round of 32 stage of the UEFA Europa League commences again, a competition Fernandes could still play in for United.

Manchester United make 'significant breakthrough' in bid to sign Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United have reportedly increased their offer to sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP this month. For weeks now, speculation has been rife linking the Portuguese midfielder to the Old Trafford club. It has been heavily reported that Sporting want to receive €70 million for the player, which included bonuses. However, United were coming in short of the Portuguese clubs demands.

Sky Sports has reported that a deal is close to being done between the two club after United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward agreed on a fee with Sporting’s director, Hugo Viana. This could see United paying an initial fee of €55 million for Fernandes, 25, with bonuses seeing the final fee possibly rise to around €80 million. The bonuses are said to be spilt with €10 million easily achievable with €15 million tougher to achieve.

Barcelona have also been credited with an interest in Fernandes with them paying more for the player, however, a large proportion of that fee would not be payable until the summer. It would seem that this is the first time during the January transfer window that both United and Sporting are in agreement on the value of the Portuguese midfielder, who so far this season has scored 15 goals and 14 assists in 28 appearances.

Earlier on Tuesday, reports in Spain suggested that Barcelona were seeking to sign Fernandes to a contract until 2025 but he would be loaned immediately to Valencia until the end of the 2020/21 season, meaning he would spend at least 18 months away from the club that took him away from Sporting. Would a player like Fernandes want to do something like that? It seems to be a strange situation, whether it was true or not.

The Sun carry reports suggesting the deal is close to completion with it confirming that United were offering £42.5 million for Fernandes this month with £8.5 million in bonuses. However, the new figure seems to be £46.6 million for the player now with bonuses of £4.2 million based on appearances and a further £4.2 million if United qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

There is a further bonus payment of £12.7 million should Fernandes win the Ballon d’Or and help guide United to Champions League glory. It is said that Fernandes will sign a four-and-a-half year contract at United with the usual option for a further year to be added. Neil Custis suggests that United have been following the development of Fernandes since he was 18 and in the past six months, his performances led to them moving for him this month.

United desperately need to strengthen the midfield and should have done it much sooner this month which might have positively affected their results, which have to been the best. If the transfer all goes to plan, as we have been in this predicament before, the Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on Saturday could mark the players debut for the club. Failing that it could be the visit to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on Monday 17 February 2020.

The Mirror report that United have made a breakthrough regarding Fernandes, a player they have been linked to all month. However, they report the deal could be worth a total of £67.8 million. Initially, £46.6 million would be paid with a further £8.5 million in bonuses based on appearances and Champions League qualification, just like The Sun reported. They say the player will be on £130,000 a week at the club.

They even report the £12.7 million bonus based on the player winning the Ballon d’Or or other achievement with The Sun also including lifting the Champions League with the club. United were reluctant to pay Sporting’s valuation on the player and seemingly used their financial constraints to pursue the deal, which could see them not far from completing the deal. It is said that Fernandes could appear at the AON training complex in Carrington on Wednesday for a medical with personal terms a formality.

Manchester United and Sporting close to completing Bruno Fernandes deal – reports

Manchester United and Sporting CP are reportedly closer to completing the deal which will take Bruno Fernandes from Lisbon to Manchester, according to reports by Portuguese journalist Gonçalo Lopes. Over the past few weeks it has been stated that Sporting want to get €70 million for Fernandes, 25, in order for him to leave the club this month which came after a busy summer of speculation.

It is clear that United need to strengthen their squad after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw Marouane Fellaini leave the club last January and Ander Herrera leave the club in the summer with no midfielder being signed. Fred has played the majority of the season, partnering Scott McTominay for much of the time but his injury saw Fred partnered with Nemanja Matic at this present time with Paul Pogba also on the sidelines.

United have just Pogba, McTominay, Fred and Matic as the experienced members of the midfield with the option to utilise Tim Fosu-Mensah, James Garner and even Dylan Levitt in the midfield. Andreas Pereira, who has proven the central midfield area is not for him, has played in this position also. United need to find creativity, which currently is not rife in the squad which is seeing fewer chances created because of this.

When the Portuguese and English media have reported anything about Fernandes, they seem to give the impression that the prospective deal is further forward than it actually is at the time. All throughout the summer we heard about his the deal was close to completion, days away from completion and how Fernandes himself was crying about his impending transfer to another club and league. Lopes has confirmed that;

“The deal was about to fall apart, the parties were very far from reaching an agreement, but Plataforma knows that the last few hours have seen progress in negotiations between Manchester United and Sporting Portugal.”

It would seem that United’s interest in getting this deal done now comes from the fact that a serious injury to Marcus Rashford, who had a stress fracture in his back, which after playing against Wolverhampton Wanderers, in a 16-minute cameo, turned into a double stress fracture, therefore keeping him out of action for weeks. However, with a floating bone in his ankle, which requires surgery.

Sporting accepted that they may have to accept an offer of €60 million with €10 million on bonuses to allow the player to move to the Old Trafford club but with United seemingly using the clubs financial problems to explore a cheaper deal, they two clubs would need to find a meeting point for the deal to be completed. It is suggested that a €55 million deal could be completed this week.

Yes, we have heard all of this before. It was expected that a deal would be announced a week ago, but the came and went then speculation of something happening after Sporting’s 2-0 defeat to Benfica also came and went with nothing significant happening. I am feeling the same thing for this, the end of the week coming and going without anything significant happening. It seems to be how things like this happen.

Lopes suggests that United were willing to improve their offer but Sporting would need to compromise. He states that could reach €55 million to get the deal done, with is both parties moving closer together in order to get the deal done. There will be bonuses applied but nothing has been said about this. Perhaps Sporting could reach the €70 million they wanted to let Fernandes leave, maybe it will be less.

I guess we will just have to wait an see what happens this week, however, a week on Friday, the January transfer window will close so there is not a lot of time to get this done. Perhaps Fernandes, if the deal does go through, could play against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg at the Etihad on the 20 January? Perhaps he could play in the first February match. I doubt he could be playing this weekend.

Bruno Fernandes 'agrees terms' with Manchester United but only a disaster will stop him playing against Benfica tomorrow

It has been reported on Thursday that Bruno Fernandes has agreed personal terms with Manchester United ahead of a prospected move before the closure of the January transfer window later this month. This is not the first time this has been reported and if you followed the saga in the summer, you would have seen multiple claims of this. However, this time it seems a lot different and it is clear that United need some strengthening in the midfield to continue this season.

The Mirror have a story which claims the agreement has taken place with the club and the player although United still need to agree on a fee with Sporting CP, something the newspaper claims will see United trying to pay around £17 million less than the Portuguese club actually want for the player. If this is true, it continues the clueless nature of the hierarchy of the club in trying to get deals across the line. United should pay the fee that is being demanded to get the transfer done.

The Sun, who have written a story concerning a ‘cryptic tweet’ that Fernandes, 25, had posted showing him balancing a ball on his head, which funnily enough is not really anything cryptic, in my opinion anyway, they further talk about a £60 million deal being completed by the end of the week for the player to head to Manchester and sign for United. If this ends up being true, it will be a massive relief for United supporters who desperately want to see the midfield reinforced.

Another claim has been made in The Sun which concerns the match between United and Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday. Despite the fact Fernandes would not be part of the squad, it has been suggested that he could be in the stands for the game, cheering on his new teammates which seems too good to be true and just another wild claim that could come and go. However, if it is true, there will be lots of anticipation in the deal to be completed.

The sooner all of this talk surrounding Fernandes is solved, preferably with United signing the player, the better. A transfer saga tends to take so many turns when they involve United, and sometimes the soap opera scripts become laboured which in turn becomes criticism as supporters on social media react and instantly blame whoever they can for their desire not being solved at that particular time. I like to ignore the saga, reading into them to see why people have taken them in that direction.

Every other club seems to manage to get their transfer business done without much involvement of the media. However, not every club has the pull that United has with the media, which keeps them speculating as most people want to read about United – whether they love the club or hate the club. That gives the media an ultimate platform to write as many transfer articles as they like, never really giving any insight but selling a story as if it was written by script writers of soap operas.

In Portugal today (Thursday), Sporting manager, Jorge Manuel Rebelo Fernandes, known as Silas, held a press conference ahead of the Primeira Liga clash with Benfica, the Lisbon derby if you will, which is being played at the Estádio José Alvalade on Friday evening, also tipped to be Fernandes’ last game at the club before his speculated transfer to United and in that press conference things were said in an aim to scupper talk of the transfer but also suggest it could be happening.

“The only certainty I have is that Bruno will be there [at the derby]. We prepared the game with Bruno and he trained very well, as always.

“He’s the best player in the league and the most valuable since last year. He’s not worth this money, he’s worth so much more.

“In addition to attacking also he sacrifices himself to defend. Bruno is the best and the most valuable.

“When we have such a player it’s normal for everyone to want him. Only if there’s a disaster he won’t be there.”

The above seems to suggest that Fernandes will play in the Lisbon derby, which was a suggestion at the start of the week, also suggesting that the player is worth a lot more than the money stated, talking about the players’ worth to the club in terms of his attacking, and his defensive abilities. Whereas the below quotes give the impression that Silas is seeking to find a replacement for the player, which might be a suggestion that he is about to lose him?

“We have good players, but to find a replacement for Bruno we need three players.

“One that scores, one that organises and one who defends like him. There are none in Portugal.

“At the moment we have none like Bruno, but we have to look for alternatives, dynamics and systems. But I don’t know if we’ll lose him.”

This saga could well continue into the weekend and possibly into next week but in terms of something happening, an indication has been made that despite Silas not wanting the player to leave because of what he offers the club, it may be something out of his control that he may have to work around to get his team heading in the right direction again. Could Bruno Fernandes be days away from making a long-awaited move to Manchester United?

Manchester United hot on the heels of Bruno Fernandes but speculation is more rife than actual developments in this saga

Bruno Fernandes and Manchester United are two names that have been linked my a lot of speculation since last summer. During the summer transfer window, the Portuguese midfielder was heavily linked to United, Tottenham Hotspur and a host of other clubs, although he remained a Sporting CP player for the current season. It has been reported by multiple outlets over the past four days or so that United are interested in the player this month.

On Friday, it was reported that Sporting president Frederico Varandas had travelled to London, more specifically to United’s offices in London to discuss the transfer of the 25-year-old. Of the higher profile news outlets in Portugal, TVI24, Record, A Bola, O Jogo, Mais Futebol, Observador, Tribuna Expresso, Jornal de Notícias and Diário de Notícias had things to say about the possible transfer of Fernandes this month. The speculation seems to have come out of nowhere and turned into something big.

A source from Sporting confirmed that Varandas had been abroad and that it had been for ‘business reasons’. A second source then guaranteed that talks were ‘advanced’ with discussions being held over the terms of the deal. It was stated that there were two players on the table which could be part of the deal, which may complicate things. Marcos Rojo was said to be one of the players involved, the other is still unknown. It was said at the time that the transfer could be agreed in the ‘next few days’.

On Saturday evening, Sporting beat Vitoria Setubal 3-1 with Fernandes scoring a brace in the game, pushing him up to 15 goals so far this season. The 25-year-old was named the Man of the Match at the end of the game and it was reported in Portugal that United had a scout in the stands – the previous week it was said to be both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan who were watching Fernandes, although that has not actually been confirmed by Solskjaer, Phelan or United.

It was suggested on Sunday that United were just a short step from concluding a deal with the €70 million fee talked about in the summer mentioned again by A Bola. They even spoke about adding players with different agents could complicate the deal, as it clearly will and if the players do not opt to move to Sporting, the deal would suffer more problems. Correio da Manhã sensationalised the story by making it seem close to completion that it actually was.

Today (Tuesday 14 January 2020), reports are still suggesting the a deal is still happening with the suggestion that Fernandes is ‘on the way’ to United in A Bola. Andreas Pereira has been mentioned in the report as a possible player to head to the club on loan. It also talks about Rojo, who is on high wages at United and therefore an issue. Joel Pereira was also included but Sporting do not need him and Angel Gomes, who is classed as inexperienced confirmed that there was a choice players.

A Bola state that a €70 million fee has been agreed for Fernandes, €60 million for the player and €10 million in bonuses. They suggest this was agreed in only a few hours on Friday when Varandas was in London. It is also stated that “the lions are slowing down the conclusion of the deal as they continue to examine the various possibilities placed on the table by the English for possible loans.” Which is causing a delay meaning the deal may not be as close as has been reported.

Sporting face Benfica on Friday evening and there is a belief that the Portuguese club may want him to face their rivals in this match, although if he got injured, the deal would be off causing more discontent amongst the United supporters who cannot seem to let things happen in due course without moaning about it and commenting on United’s tweets with the words; ‘announce Bruno’ like they were in the summer. This is the frustrating part of transfers.

Jorge Mendes has been brought into the fold, as he was in the summer, despite nothing actually happening. However, the super agent has been sorting out Gedson Fernandes to Tottenham Hotspur, meaning he has not had time to sort this one out, despite not actually being the agent of Bruno Fernandes. It is said that perhaps he could help sort out the transfer from tomorrow, meaning Fernandes to United is unlikely to be completed in time for the player to face Liverpool.

O Jogo has reported the possible loan options being Joel Pereira, who was rejected, Gomes, who is being considered and Rojo, who was rejected because of the large costs involved in the deal, mainly the player’s wages. It was also said that Sporting had ‘hope’ that the deal could be completed this week although ‘everything will be done’ for him to face Benfica on Friday, which is a big risk. Sky Sports have suggested that United and Sporting are still apart in the valuation of the player, though.

They did report on Monday that Fernandes did want to join Solskjaer’s United, which was a positive piece of news. The Sun have reported that it is expected that the player would sign a five-year contract at the Old Trafford club and that it would see him earning £100,000 a week at the club. They also talk about Fernandes signing a new contract at Sporting just six weeks ago but still state that he was likely to leave the Portuguese club, which would need to happen if their news was actually true.

The Mirror suggest that Fernandes could be on £150,000 per week at the club but United were still in negotiations aiming to lower the price for the player, which would be believable from the Glazer’s and Ed Woodward. They suggest he will get a four-and-a-half year contract. Fernandes has played 2,204 minutes of football this season, scoring 15 goals and racking up 13 assists in all competitions. Adding that kind of creativity to United’s squad is necessary for them to fight for a top four place this season.

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