Speaking on talkSPORT, European football expert Andy Brassell has insisted Bruno Fernandes could make a “fairly instant impact” at Manchester United.
The Sporting CP man has been linked with a move to United for the majority of this January transfer window, with reports claiming the two clubs are locked in talks.
And Brassell has claimed the Portugal international could provide them with exactly what they are missing at the moment, even making a comparison to former Red Devils ace Bryan Robson.
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He said: “I will allow myself a little Bryan Robson comparison with the way he charges late into the penalty area, but with greater frequency. But with him, the thing is he’s not an all-Portugal product. When he was a teenager he went to Serie A, and it has made him very good tactically and very good on the ball.
“It is clear to anyone who watches Man United on a semi-regular basis that where they need to improve is midfield; they need that presence, that technique, that will to get in the box. And he’s got all of those. Clearly he is going to need other players to play with, but he is someone who I feel pretty confident could make a fairly instant impact at Manchester United.”
The absolute key take from Brassell’s verdict on the Portuguese ace, is that he could make a “fairly instant impact” at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are in the midst of a fight for the top-four this season, lying five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea after 22 games in the Premier League. Whilst signings would no doubt be welcome, it has perhaps even more important for the Manchester side that if they do arrive in January, they hit the ground running.
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No adaptation period, or months of trying to settle in. But an instant impression and boost that could potentially take them over the edge in their quest for Champions League football next season. Another season of playing Europa League football would damage not only their finances, but their chances of luring top talent in the summer. It’s exactly why if they do complete a move for Fernandes, United desperately need him to be firing on all cylinders until the end of the campaign.