Bruno Fernandes has found a ‘shelter’ in the Portuguese team. Manchester United’s irregular start in the Premier League (they have ten) and the Champions League (two defeats in two games) contrasts with the rollercoaster that is Roberto Martínez’s ‘Seleçao das Quinas’ (eight wins in eight games) ) where they have entered Euro 2024.
“I feel his body language on the field bothers other players. He doesn’t look good. Sometimes he’s pathetic”, said former player Micah Richards, one of the great ‘opinyonators’ in football. “They don’t have the body to recover the ball. They play flat. They look like students,” said the former ‘ManU player.’ Roy Keane referring to the Mount and the Portuguese.
The criticism it received stunned me. How dare people talk about Bruno like that?
Manchester United striker Rio Ferdinand
“The criticism he received made my mouth open. How dare people say that about Bruno? “He was the most creative football player last season.” said former United player Rio Ferdinand. At United, all football in Ten Hag’s team revolves around him. He has to create the play and finish it from the midfielder. Furthermore, this is the lighthouse that the opposing team will cover to ‘eliminate’ the ‘red demons’.
Despite this, Bruno was determined with his goals in the victories against Nottingham Forest (3-2) and Burnley (0-1) … but the debate around the United captain is open in the Premier. In 10 games between the League and the Champions League this season, Fernandes scored two goals and provided two assists.. Numbers lower than what he collected in Portugal at the start of the season. “He is a key player, a dream for any coach,” confessed Roberto Martínez.
An inexhaustible source of goals
The Portuguese coach appreciates a playmaker who He scored more goals (three) and provided more assists (five) in the four matches he played for Portugal between September and October in Euro qualifying than United at the start of the campaign. The numbers he finished with his goals in the defeat (0-5) against Bosnia where he became the footballer who scored the most goals (13) heading to Germany, added goals (five) and assists (eight ).
Bruno is very smart. He gives us a lot of tactical flexibility and adapts to the qualities of his teammates. You only need one training session to get the game.
Roberto Martínez, coach of Portugal
“He is very intelligent. He gives us a lot of tactical flexibility and adapts to the qualities of his teammates. He only needs one training session to get the idea of the game. And his execution of it is high level. He has a game vision of superlative quality. He also works hard without the ball,” said ‘Bob’. Bruno, who is heading to Euro 2024, is also the player who has created the most chances (29). And he recovered 33 balls! Surrounded by Bernardo Silva, Joao Félix, Leao, Palhinha… Bruno plays more freely than at United. A Portuguese oasis.