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Former Man United coach explains why Bruno Fernandes struggles in the big games

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has offered some insight into why Bruno Fernandes seems to struggle to influence the big games as much.

The Portugal international has been a big hit since moving to Old Trafford just over a year ago, proving one of the club’s best signings for many years.

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However, Fernandes has attracted some critics after an underwhelming display in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea at the weekend, and Meulensteen believes there may be a couple of reasons for this.

Watch the video below as Meulensteen tells Stadium Astro that the big teams are better at working out that Fernandes is the player to stop if you want to stop Man Utd…

He adds that Fernandes could benefit from adopting a ‘less is more’ approach in some moments, instead of trying to do too much himself.

Fellow pundit Chris Sutton adds that other United players could also do with stepping up in these moments to help Fernandes out.

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13 Comments

  1. Jaya Pillay says:

    We don’t have quality. Solskjaer accepts mediocre. He asks where did we need players? How about TWO world class centre backs, a right winger, a proper defensive midfielder,( not another Fred) and a world class centre forward. Now if Solskjaer DOESN’T know this, is he the right manager. He says well in advance of the summer window that we must not expect big signings. Now you know why Woodward and the Glazers love this clown. He doesn’t aspire to win anything. He is ready to wait YEARS for MARTIAL to come good. He WON’T, this guy doesn’t love playing football. Greenwood needs to go back to the U23 team. If the manager appears scared to make substitutions, then you know we are doomed.

    1. Udeme John says:

      Absolutely true, manUtd need five good signings to win any trophy in today’s football. Martial should be shown the exit door, even Rashford needs a competitor. Maguire should be relegated to the bench alongside Lindeloof. So I think if we can sign Bamford from LEEDS Utd or Calvert-Lewin from Everton, we will have a good 9. Sancho will be a good signing for the right wing. Then a let go of Mata & Matic with good replacements. All Will be right.

    2. Glenn Madzonga says:

      maybe we should hire you, all knowing JAYA

    3. Remtop says:

      If you read through the line of his response you will see he said realistic, do you think man utd can by 5 players you have mentioned in this economic condition. I think he said the reality if he can get a striker and a sweeper for maguire

      1. Freshh77 says:

        Halland,mbappe,varane,with that Bruno replacement in sporty.pls United has the money for all this players,let them sale out matic,mata,martial,Fred on loan,get rice to help mctominay

    4. Tim says:

      Are you kidding? How is this Solskjaer fault? Do you think he is rejecting big transfers? The rubbish some ‘fans’ write. United have been slow in the transfer market for years under Woodward – clearly Solskjaer would take Halland or Sancho but where is the opportunity to do so? Either the money isn’t there or United are inept at getting transfers over the line, neither of which is Ole’s fault. He is getting a good amount out of an uneven squad, and aside from the majority of big games, does it whilst playing attacking football.

  2. Harry Saidu says:

    You are right,he’s the kind of mangers that love complacency which is very bad,look teams like mancity very aggressive in playing always going for goal to win,I hate his way of coaching

  3. Eremon says:

    I also support you,Ole has to change is mind

  4. Skinblak says:

    I love him soldger his bringing mentality football back to d team
    i think we should just give him time

  5. Ifeanyi says:

    First and foremost we don’t have a coach. With ole we are doom to remain where we are. You’re talking about trophy and you’re using a useless defender like Maguire, you most be a joker. For now we will continue to fight for the top four until we do the right thing and do it faster. Our neighbor city are doing well and all we do is hype ole who is still a baby coach that absolutely Know nothing about coaching .

  6. Arc says:

    Try to know what is going on internally before you judge the manager. The only thing i am so sure of to criticize him for and which is clear to me is his substitutions.

  7. Daniel omodara says:

    OGS has done better than any coach after Sir, Alex Ferguson. All the players he has brought in as not perform badlly, he just need more support.

  8. Eyo says:

    the problem in man united is not just the coach.woodward and the glaziers has to go.look at the amount of money abramovic spent to suport lampard and yet united is talking about corona virus efffcts..ten years to come with this same attitude…no pl title

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