Bruno Fernandes extends his deal at Old Trafford, tying himself down at the club until 2026. It is understood talks began in July and a breakthrough was made 2  as per the ever-reliant tier 1 journalist Fabrizio Romano. An official announcement came this morning as the club shared the news across their social media platforms, The proposal makes Fernandes one of the top-earners at the club with a significant increase in wages.

Bruno Fernandes Extends Deal At Old Trafford

Central Part of Future

With a new manager arriving in the summer, it is clear the hierarchy at the club view Fernandes as a key player for the club- both in the present and future. Ralf Rangnick may have also been consulted, as he is set to operate behind the scenes for the next couple of years. Although talks started in July, if Rangnick (who is also likely to have a say in who the next manager will be) was not impressed with Fernandes, it would seem unwise for him to be rewarded with a new deal. Therefore, Rangnick must be encouraged with what he has seen from the Portuguese midfielder since joining the club.  Fernandes joined United in January 2020 from Sporting Lisbon. The team was missing a creative spark in midfield with the likes of Andreas Perreira and Jesse Lingard struggling for form. While he was a good player, it was difficult to judge and conclude whether he would fit into the Premier League.

Impact

The sudden impact Fernandes created was surprising but refreshing to see for Manchester United fans. In 14 appearances, he contributed in 15 goals with 8 goals and 7 assists. His form massively helped United qualify for the Champions League as they eventually finished third.  The following season was as impressive, with 30 goals contributions in 37 games in the league for the Portuguese International. His creative spark and quality is clear for everyone to see and there is no doubt United have benefitted massively from him joining the club.

Dip in Form

It has been an extremely disappointing and underwhelming season for almost every Untied player, including Bruno. While 15 goal contributions in 27 league appearances is not bad, it does not reach the incredibly high expectations Fernandes has set for himself. Critics have argued he loses possession too much and plays with too much emotion. However, there is a strong belief from United fans that with the right coaching, in a certain system where he plays a specific role, there is potential for Fernandes to thrive and show everyone why he is a world class player. With the future of Paul Pogba still up in the air, this announcement comes at a good time for the club as they are not gifted for options when it comes to the midfield.

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