Bruno Fernandes’ former manager advises Solskjaer on the player’s best position

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Manchester United signed Bruno Fernandes from Sporting C.P just before the close of the January transfer window, and there have been talks of where would be his best position in the United midfield.

Carlos Carvalhal, the former coach of new United signing Bruno Fernandes has advised manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not to play the Portugal International in the no. 10 position.

“He (Fernandes) is not a number 10,” he told Sky Sports.

“He is a midfielder but he has developed that ability to break the line of the defence to score goals.

“He shoots, he assists, the passes and the free-kicks. But he is not a 10, he is an 8. He is a box-to-box player who understands very well the game. He doesn’t just play. He understands everything that happens around him.

“He can organise the team, he can talk, he can give feedback. He is kind of like a manager on the pitch. He can organise things in the last part of the pitch. He is a really exciting player.”

“He has been the best player in the Portuguese league for two years minimum,” Carvalhal added. “He is in that group of players who are among the best in the world.

“Sometimes these technical players, it is their quality in the defensive transition that is a problem in the Premier League. When they lose the ball, they don’t react quickly enough to win it back, but he has developed a lot in the past two seasons.

“When his team loses the ball, he reacts quickly to win the ball back. That is important in England. He is not lazy, he is the opposite. A fighter. He has everything to be a key player.”

The Portugal international had a stellar campaign last season – scored 32 goals and provided 18 assists in 53 games. He scored 15 goals and set up 14 goals in 29 outings for Sporting this season before joining the club.