The additions of personnel in the summer transfer window have brought a marked change in the way Manchester United play, especially in midfield.
In the recent Nottingham Forest encounter, they continued to make an impression. Casemiro took the air with his impeccable performance, and Christian Eriksen shined again through his ability to control the tempo of the game properly.
Those two new additions have brought a significant upgrade to the Reds’ midfield and deserve praise, but also need to mention the silent contribution from the star carrying the captain’s armband. Bruno Fernandes.
The Portuguese player is still a ‘super midfielder’ at Old Trafford, but in the context of the club having more class midfielders, the burden on him has been significantly reduced. Therefore, fans rarely see the image of Bruno ‘carrying the team’.
Bruno once showed an unbelievable performance when he just arrived at Man Utd. It took him only 80 games to score 40 goals and add 18 assists in the new shirt. That’s why, when the numbers that Bruno bring decline each season, it is inevitable that the former Sporting Lisbon star will receive criticism.
However, in reality, Bruno is still actively contributing to the overall gameplay, but in a quieter way. With two world-class midfielders by his side, the 28-year-old is no longer the focus of every game as before.
The current Bruno approaches the game more cautiously, unlike his image of often creating risky tackles to make the difference.
“I’m not scoring a lot of goals or assisting, but I’m playing better and participating more in the game than before,” Bruno said after the match against Forest.
This comment highlights the perception of the star born in 1994 about a new approach to bring greater efficiency to the overall gameplay. Although the footprint that Bruno imprinted on the goals has shown signs of decline, the influence of this player cannot be denied.
It was he who opened up the Burnley defense with a pass in the style of the legendary Paul Scholes, allowing Aaron Wan-Bissaka to get his first assist of the season. And Bruno should have also had two more assists against Forest if the duo Antony and Anthony Martial were more careful in the finishing phase.
Not only that, Bruno also increasingly shows his leadership role, with the most obvious evidence being the frequency of captaincy this season. He was willing to yell at his teammates if they did something wrong, although Bruno understood that it would sometimes change their view of him.
And as mentioned, although he has reduced the risk of handling the ball, but not so that Bruno reduces his confidence. Occasionally, fans can still witness the magical passes that the star born in 1994 brings.
In the game against Forest, he unleashed a rabona pass to Fred late in the game and a long shot that nearly tripped Wayne Hennessey.
Compete maturely, contribute silently to the general play, but also know how to create a highlight for yourself when necessary, Bruno Fernandes somewhat recreated the image of Scholes in his golden age.
If the Portuguese star continues to perform like that, the day Man Utd returns to the Champions League is probably not far away.
Truong Son | 11:36 December 29, 2022