How Bruno Fernandes could fit in Manchester United's XI
The 2018-19 season across all of the top European leagues has been concluded and now the attention has turned towards the transfer market with plenty of business to be done, futures of upmarket players to be settled and many sagas to be sorted out. The European heavyweights are bracing themselves for the upcoming summer transfer window and Ole Gunnar Solskajer's Manchester United could be in for some high-profile transfer activity.
The prevailing summer transfer window has immense importance for the Red half of Manchester as they look to ingrace the upcoming season with an objective of regaining the elite status.
The Manchester outfit has been heavily linked with Sporting's Bruno Fernandes, who has emerged as one of the most exciting midfielders in the world. Reports insist that the Red Devils have submitted a bid for the Portuguese midfield cameo.
The 24-year-old midfielder has enjoyed a stunning 2018-19 season, scoring 32 goals and providing 18 assists in all competitions. Moreover, he continued his top form in the UEFA Nations League, helping his national team to secure the tournament.
He would form a stunning midfield partnership with Paul Pogba should he join Manchester United. He could inject the much-needed creativity in Red Devil's midfield and his signing could be like a catalyst in the process of revival at Manchester United.
On that note, let us take a look at three ways that Manchester United could lineup with Bruno Fernandes if they bring him in the summer.
#3 Bruno Fernandes lining up from the right flank in the midfield (4-3-3)
Bruno Fernandes, being immensely versatile could lineup anywhere in the central of the park. Here in this 4-3-3 setup, he could play as a midfielder from the right flank with Fred going middle while Pogba plies his trade as a left central midfielder.
Ahead of them, Martial and Lingard could lineup from both wings while Rashford could lead the line. It could certainly give rise to free-flowing attacking style and could be a perfect blend between technique, pace, and agility.
Here in this setup, Fernandes could also play a role of box-to-box midfielder with Pogba going deep in the midfield.
#2 Bruno Fernandes as an attacking midfielder (4-4-2 diamond)
Bruno Fernandes recorded 32 goals and 18 assists to his name in all competitions during the season. It perfectly outlines his attacking potential. Here in this 4-4-2 setup, he could lineup as an attacking midfielder behind the forward duo of Lukaku and Rashford. Now, he could take much more part in United's attack while at the same time he could form a foil for the midfield.
Pogba and Fred could pile their trade in the central of the park while Matic could complete the midfield. It forms an incredible diamond and Fernandes gets a much free space to operate behind the backline.
However, this formation could also be molded according to the circumstances. Fernandes could move to the left wings with Lukaku staying in the middle and Rashford going to the right flank.
#1 Fernandes piling his trade from the left-hand side in the midfield while James playing on the right wing (4-4-2)
Here in this setup, Manchester United's new signing Daniel James could lineup from the right-hand side with Bruno Fernandes moving to the left wing. Fernandes has played as a left central midfielder on many occasions for his country and club. While Pogba and Matic could lineup in the central of the park.
Both Fernandes and James could add a flair of attack and creativity to the Red Devils' midfield and could form a strong supply line to the forward duo of Rashford and Lukaku.
This setup offers Manchester United with a comprehensive midfield solution while at the same time, it could take part in the attack.