Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has once again been singing the praises of Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes recently.
Fernades has been one of United’s better players since making the switch from Sporting Lisbon in 2020.
The Portuguese international was made the captain of Manchester United and is generally seen as a positive influence to those at Old Trafford.
However, the 29-year-old has come under fire this season over his poor body language and attitude to the referees. Of course, United’s middling season so far has no doubt made those criticisms louder.
Fernandes was trusted with the captaincy by manager Erik Ten Hag and has a big responsibility to help turns things around United.
Nonetheless, former Liverpool man Graeme Souness believes that Fernandes would be even better if he were at Liverpool or City:
What did Graeme Souness say about Bruno Fernandes?
Speaking on TalkSPORT(via The Boot Room), Souness reiterated that the Manchester United skipper is a quality player despite his perceived petulance:
“He is a player. I don’t think he’s a captain.”
“In terms of quality if he played for Liverpool or if he played for City he would be a fantastic player.”
“We would not be having this conversation.”
“All this, shaking the head is majorly disappointing. He wouldn’t be losing as many games [at Liverpool or City] and he wouldn’t be so frustrated.”
“But I accept his body language isn’t great at times and I was majorly disappointed of him in the 7-0 defeat at Anfield last year when he just stopped running back.”
Bruno Fernandes’ debut season at Manchester United had the world on watch.
The attacking midfielder managed a whopping 28 goals and 17 assists, and his impact at Old Trafford was felt by all.
However since then, his level has slowly dropped off a bit.
This can be partly attributed to all the uncertainty around Manchester United.
Jurgen Klopp would have worked wonders with Fernandes in the offensive eight role that the German has favored.
Graeme Souness raises a fair point about how important a good environment and club culture can be to a player.
It’s fair to say that Liverpool and Manchester City are better run clubs that United at present.
Therefore, players who come into these two sides look and perform better because of the infrastructure around them.
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