Manchester United told they are too reliant on Bruno Fernandes and would struggle without ‘exceptional’ Portuguese star

Manchester United have been accused of being too reliant on Bruno Fernandes, as Tony Cascarino says the Red Devils would be a completely different team without the Portuguese.
Fernandes, who will celebrate his one-year anniversary as a United player next month, quickly became Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s talisman player following his arrival from Sporting Lisbon last January.
Bruno Fernandes has enjoyed a stunning first year as a Manchester United playerAFP
He has been an ever-present in the team since his £67million transfer, and has been a key source of goals and creativity.
Fernandes boasts a stunning record of 22 goals and 13 assists in 37 games for the Premier League giants, including ten goals and five assists in 15 appearances this season.
But, even with the star on the pitch, Solskjaer’s side have suffered from inconsistency.
United have impressed on the road, with last weekend’s win at Southampton making it a club record of eight straight away victories in the Premier League.
But they have struggled at home, winning just three of their eight matches at Old Trafford this term.
Fernandes has been firing, but United have struggled to maintain their consistency this seasonGetty Images – Getty
Fernandes also has a chance to make history for United this weekend, where a goal against West Ham on Saturday would make him the first player since Denis Law to net in six consecutive away league games.
But talkSPORT pundit Cascarino insists a dip or an injury will eventually come for the Portugal international, and he fears for United when that happens.
“He has set the bar very high,” said the Weekend Sports Breakfast host.
“If we ever talk about a player who hit the ground running, Bruno Fernandes did that with United, he was superb the moment he walked through the door.
“You always have to expect a dip in form, whether it’s a new player or a young player coming into the team. Just look at Mason Greenwood and how good he was last season, but he’s found it very tricky this season, but he’s a young lad so we give him a bit of leeway.

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“But Bruno Fernandes is an established player, and international, and he has been quality.
“I’ve watched him three or four times this season and I’ve just focussed on him.
“His movement is exceptional, he’s always wanting to try to find a pass and he takes those risky passes on as well.
“Which United have missed, they’re nowhere near as effective when he doesn’t play or he doesn’t do that.
“He’s a top player, and he is a really valuable number ten type of midfielder for Manchester United.
“But it makes a massive difference when he’s not on the pitch.”

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