Bruno Fernandes Sporting tactical analysis statistics
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Bruno Fernandes has been linked to just about every top club in Europe in the last few months and it’s easy to see why. The Portuguese attacking midfielder has enjoyed two stunning seasons in Lisbon since joining Sporting in 2017. Now, after 44 goals and 35 assists (at the time of writing) in his two seasons at the club, Bruno Fernandes has been repeatedly linked to Manchester United. This tactical analysis will examine how the midfielder would fit into Solskjær’s team.

Solskjaer’s Manchester United midfield

Solskjær has had to deal with a lot of injuries in midfield positions during his reign so far which has seen United alternate quite a bit with their formations. He started off with a very attacking 4-3-3, has used 4-4-2 and 3-5-2 in other games while often turning to 4-3-1-2 in tough away games.

One of the most interesting tactical ideas he’s implemented in some games is the attacking rotations when starting in a 4-3-3. In these games, United have often changed into a sort of 3-2-4-1 in attack with one of the full-backs playing narrowly and the other maintaining width. The wingers have performed the same roles with one staying wide and the other coming inside. This has created the shape shown below.

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