Manchester United decided against Bruno Fernandes signing after their scouts warned he takes too many risks in possession
- The Old Trafford side had been strongly linked with a move for the midfielder
- But it has now emerged that scouts decided against the signing this summer
- Fernandes’ risk-taking may not have fit in with the club’s renewed style of play
- United are soon expected to refocus their attempts to recruit another midfielder
Manchester United were quickly dissuaded from pursuing Bruno Fernandes after it emerged the Portugal international gives the ball away too often.
United had run the rule over the Sporting Lisbon midfielder but Sportsmail understands that scouts felt his way of playing did not suit Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s style.
Solskjaer wants players reliable in possession — as seen with the pairing of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof at centre half — and there were concerns over Fernandes’ decision-making on the ball.
Bruno Fernandes’ risk-taking has emerged as the main factor behind Man United’s reluctance
Club scouts decided the midfielder may not have been suited to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s style
While it is accepted that the 24-year-old works with an element of risk in the attacking third, his pass completion of 75.1 per cent recorded last season was not deemed high enough.
By comparison, Paul Pogba completed 82.8 per cent of his passes last year. Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, who has always operated in a similar role, constantly records more than 82 per cent.
Continued foreign reports of their apparent interest in Fernandes had irked United officials over the summer and he has so far failed to secure a move away from the Portuguese capital.
Paul Pogba’s situation at Old Trafford needs resolving with the Frenchman wanting to leave
United do need midfield reinforcements, however, with Solskjaer left short this year after both Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini departed Old Trafford. United will re-focus their efforts to land a suitable midfielder over the next two transfer windows.
Pogba’s situation also needs resolving over the next year and he admitted there remained a ‘question mark’ over his future following Sunday’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea.
United have no intention of allowing the 26-year-old leave before the European transfer window shuts on September 2. They rejected a recent £28million bid from Real Madrid, which included James Rodriguez going in the other direction.