Bruno Fernandes has been among the most criticised players this season with Manchester United struggling for consistency.
However, the Portuguese is hardly the one blame as he remains one of the most creative players in the Premier League despite the issues at Old Trafford.
Most chances created in the PL since Bruno’s debut in February 2020:
- 201 — Bruno Fernandes
- 187 — Kevin De Bruyne
- 176 — Trent Alexander-Arnold
- 155 — Jack Grealish
- 143 — James Ward-Prowse
Manchester United’s next manager already has positives to build on
To describe this season as a calamity would not be too far from the truth. United have, once again, underachieved and it means the size of the challenge awaiting their next permanent manager is an enormous one.
Not only will he, whoever it proves to be, be tasked with trying to install a brand new philosophy, he will also have to oversee huge changes to the first-team squad, with several players in need of being moved and new additions being made. But it is not all bad.
Amongst all the doom and gloom that this season has attracted, there have been rays of light that have brought smiles to faces and raised expectation levels for next season and beyond. That is because United, through decision-making and sheer hard work from certain individuals, have discovered that the future of the club has potential, determination and talent in abundance.
From Anthony Elanga’s four-month journey from being out in the wilderness to earning his first Sweden call-up, to the club’s Under-18s reaching the FA Youth Cup final for the first time since 2012, the club’s youth and stars of the future have risen to the fore.
In just four months, he has earned his Champions League debut, scored his first Champions League goal, experienced playing in a Premier League match at Old Trafford with supporters in attendance for the first time and earned a maiden Sweden call-up. If that is not a success for Elanga and United, what is?
The potential new manager must be ready to use the young bloods in the team to bring out the best in the old ones and that’s typical of Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag.
Well we’ll see how that goes.