First and foremost, I will admit that I am a Man City fan. I’ve revelled in the downfall of our Trafford neighbours in recent years, stemming from the feeling of insignificance from watching city as a boy.
United have signed many big money transfers since Fergie left and more have flopped than excelled, have they finally found their solution which will underpin their team?
When Bruno Fernandes signed for United, I did not expect much from him. It felt like another Di Maria situation in which they signed hypes up players, only to then crowbar them into their “transition”. However, Bruno seems to break that cycle, he’s rapidly oozed class, settled into English football instantly and has generally been pretty bloody brilliant.
As a City fan; I’ve experienced on social media and inside the etihad, blues anchoring for Ole to remain as United’s manager. The City faithful were enjoying our rivals’ continuous slump. I’ve always been happy to hold my hands up when I’m wrong, which I was upon my early judgements of the Norwegian.
Conversing with my United pals saying no chance, your boss simply is not on the same level as other PL managers. Come the derby, brilliant tactics from Ole, counter attacking the centurions in a devastating fashion. Whilst they deserved to beat City, they then ignorantly employed similar tactics against other sides.
Following on from that, it is what made me realise how United do not appear to have a plan B. Against top sides in which they can counter attack, they excel with the likes of Martial, Rashford and Greenwood. It seems to be binary oppositional though when facing a “lesser” opposition.
The Red Devil’s often struggle to break teams down when on paper they should win, it has cost them a myriad of PL points.
Ole in or Ole out can be argued for weeks amongst United and neutral fans. He needs to stay, as he was never the issue.
Irregardless of the results in recent years, the Manchester derby has signified City’s superiority in midfield compared to United. Taking both squads as a whole, they actually aren’t that far apart, ability wise – player for player. City’s choice of attacking midfielders has recently been a level above their neighbours; De Bruyne, Bernardo, David amongst others, scream personifications of what United have been missing.
The number ten position which the aforementioned players can all play superbly for City, has recently been absent at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese phenomenon’s arrival at United seems to have made the world of difference. Can he actually fill and maintain United’s #10 position?
He can score, works hard to track back, is brilliant in possession. Whilst most importantly being the link between United’s defensive line to the attackers. He’s an accumulator, making everything tick.
He is their plan A and plan B, when the initial tactics fall flat, he’s the player United have been craving that can unlock defences.
For the first time in a long time, as a rival fan, I honestly think Bruno could be the key to a genuine revival.
Whilst I hope Bruno Fernandes does not excel as much as I think he will, from my early observations I think he will perform fantastically at a consistent level.
I’d rather him not boss it for United, but I think he will.
Introduce some pragmatism into the United faithful and you’ll quickly see where the real problems lie.