How Bruno Fernandes proved he’s perfect for Man Utd with impressive display vs Liverpool
Not because the Sporting Lisbon midfielder scored a fluke against the Reds.
But the dynamism he would bring would inject some life into Manchester United’s often static approach.
Fernandes won’t be an easy capture with time ticking down in the transfer window.
But he would be worth the money if he performs like this against one of the Premier League big boys.
Yes, it was only a friendly and Liverpool will not have been on full throttle.
But he looked at home going up against their midfield and defence.
His shot that beat Simon Mignolet was nothing more than a hopeful punt which the Belgian keeper somehow fumbled.
But he was carrying this Sporting team against the Reds.
Midway through the first half, he cleverly turned Fabinho and went on a mazy run before playing a one-two.
When he was back in possession, Fabinho had caught up but he could only foul the Portugal ace to stop him.
Fernandes was constantly making clever runs, movement that would help United open up teams.
Whether he could do it on a regular basis in the Premier League is another matter.
It was his run down the left wing that got Sporting back level in the second half.
Divock Origi had cancelled out Fernandes’ opener before a Gini Wijnaldum chipped effort got the Reds in front.
But after the restart, Fernandes got in behind Trent Alexander-Arnold to cross for Marcus Wendel and he curled past Mignolet.