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How Manchester United could line up with Bruno Fernandes

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With Bruno Fernandes being heavily linked with a switch to Manchester United, Sports Mole predicts where the Portuguese could feature in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans.
By , Senior Reporter | 4d

Manchester United are reportedly on the brink of finally completing a deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

Despite frequent speculation during the summer window, United failed to push through the transfer of the playmaker, who has been keen to move to a bigger club.

However, with the 25-year-old having contributed 13 goals and 10 assists in Portugal's top flight and the Europa League during the first half of the campaign, United have seemingly made their move.

Should a deal be finalised before the end of January, it throws up question marks over where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will use the Portugal international in his first XI.

With that in mind, Sports Mole predicts how United could line up if they are able to complete an alleged £65m deal.




During his 23 appearances this season, Fernandes has mainly been used in central midfield or in a more advanced role closer to the main striker.

With Solskjaer having to contend with issues in both positions, the versatility of Fernandes could prove crucial to the Norwegian during the second half of the campaign.

When having each of his midfielders at his disposal, Solskjaer will likely use Fernandes further forward, given that the likes of Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira have struggled to weigh in with goals and assists.

However, as a result of Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba both being sidelined through injury, the current circumstances may dictate that Fernandes is used in a midfield three alongside Nemanja Matic and Fred.

While much would depend on United's opponents, that would likely be Solskjaer's strategy should Fernandes be signed during the next 48 hours, several days before the trip to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Against lower-end Premier League teams, especially at home, Fernandes could also line up in a midfield two, providing that either McTominay or Matic are used alongside him.

Fernandes is capable of playing on either flank, although Solskjaer's style of play and preference for pace out wide makes an outing in that area more unlikely.

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool21201050143661
2Manchester CityMan City22152562253747
3Leicester CityLeicester22143547212645
4Chelsea22123739291039
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd2297636251134
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd228862421332
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2271053128331
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs228683631530
9Crystal Palace227872024-429
10Arsenal2261062931-228
11Everton2284102532-728
12Southampton2284102739-1228
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2275102134-1326
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2266102530-524
15Burnley2273122437-1324
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2164112533-822
17Watford2257102034-1422
18Aston Villa2263132843-1521
19Bournemouth2255122035-1520
20Norwich CityNorwich2235142245-2314
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