Garth Crooks says Bruno Fernandes caused “a sudden feeling of panic” Manchester United ranks when he needed treatment against Sheffield United.
Crooks believes the body language of the stars united when the Portuguese international fell shows how important it is to the success of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
And being without Fernandes for whatever reason isn’t worth thinking about Manchester United, pointing out how precarious the recent success of the Red Devils is.
“There was a time when Bruno Fernandes had to be treated for Sheffield United and there was a sudden feeling of panic in the ranks of Manchester United,” Crooks told BBC, while assembling his team of the week.
“The Portuguese midfielder has become a key part of United’s fortune in just a few months and has to stay in shape for the club to keep any chances of qualifying for the Champions League.
“His relationship in the park with Paul Pogba is also essential.
“Even if this is only the beginning of the partnership, they remind me of Bryan Robson and Ray Wilkins and the way they used to link and influence the play.
“If Fernandes and Pogba can have the same influence as Robson and Wilkins, then good times are certainly on the horizon at Old Trafford.”
United have not lost since Fernandes joined Old Trafford’s Sporting Lisbon club for a £ 67m contract in January.
The remarkable unbeaten run helped the Red Devils narrow the gap to fourth place in the Premier League and reach the FA Cup semifinals.
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