Man Utd: Bruno Fernandes compares himself to Paul Scholes
Manchester United can largely thank Bruno Fernandes for their position in the Premier League with the Red Devils currently top. But former Liverpool star Jorn Arne Riise has warned fans that the Portugal international could inexplicably hand the Reds and Manchester City a title boost.
United have been warned if they lose Fernandes to injury, they could be in serious trouble in the Premier League title race.
That is the verdict from former Norway international Riise, who believes the Red Devils have become too reliant on the Portugal international.
After Fernandes was signed last January, the 26-year-old has had an immediate impact on the team.
He arrived at a perfect moment for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, catapulting the team to third in the Premier League.
And he has continued that form into this campaign, with an incredible 11 goals and seven assist in 17 league matches.
It has seen United overtake Liverpool in the table with the two sides set to meet this Sunday in a mouthwatering prospect.
But Riise has warned the club that they have become too reliant on Fernandes.
Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Liverpool v United, he said: “I think both teams will be thinking they can hurt Sunday’s opponents by taking advantage of their defence, which makes for a great game. I’m going for a 3-1 win for Liverpool.
“United are very reliant on Bruno Fernandes, though. If he’s out for any reason this season, they’ll struggle.
“That’s why I don’t think United will be up there in May, because they’re too dependent on that one player.
“Man City and Liverpool have so many players who can carry the team; United only have one.
“The weak side of United is defensively, and while it’s a good opportunity for Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, at the same time we have to look at the United forwards.
“If they can keep a solid base, then Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford could cause damage to a weak Liverpool defence.
“The main thing Liverpool have to do is make sure they aren’t giving United a chance at all in the game to counter-attack them, because they will hurt them.
“It’s a game of two managers finding the right tactics this weekend. It’s a much closer game than I would’ve thought a couple of months ago.”
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