Manchester United legend Gary Nevile says Bruno Fernandes’ biggest test will be providing “creativity and assists” against solid teams.
Manchester United finally got their man in the summer after agreeing a deal with Sporting Lisbon for an initial £47m.
Fernandes picked up his first win – and assist – of the season on Monday night when he picked out Harry Maguire from a corner in their 2-0 victory away to Chelsea.
With Paul Pogba out injured, United have lacked a creative spark in their midfield.
And Neville believes it’s a tough problem Fernandes now has to overcome for his new side.
“The problem they’ve got is when they come up against a team who are solid,” he told Sky Sports.
“They have problems in creativity and breaking down a team that basically sits behind the ball in numbers. That’s happened time and time again. It’s a well-known pattern.
“When Manchester United don’t have the ball against the top teams and the top teams have to come out at them, they look like quite an exciting team, and they’ve had some wonderful victories this season. They’ve even proved difficult for Liverpool at Old Trafford.
“Ultimately, United have a pattern about them in terms of the type of games they enjoy and the type of games they don’t.
“Maybe Bruno Fernandes will be the difference in certain games now at Old Trafford.
“They will be hoping they can get a little bit more out him in terms of creativity and assists, but there’s still a lot to do for them to convince us all that they can go on a consistent run.”
United’s next test comes on Thursday night when they take on Club Brugge in the Europa League.
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The club’s other new face in January made his debut against Chelsea in a brief cameo from the bench.
And the Nigerian forward has been included in the travelling squad heading to Belgium.
“Well I’m not going to tell the team,” said Solskjaer on Ighalo.
“But we’re going to have to rotate with all the games we’ve got coming up and he’s one of them that could start. We’ve not 100 per cent decided yet.”
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