“Fernandes will run out of steam” – former Manchester United midfielder warns United

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Former Manchester United player, Paul Parker, has warned the club needs to make new signings if they want to continue enjoying the type of success they have since the lockdown.

The former defender made this known during a recent chat with talkSPORT, where he noted the club has done well, but over-reliance on Bruno Fernandes can have a negative effect on the midfielder.

He said, “I think they’re capable of [winning the Europa League] with the way they’ve played since lockdown.

“You’d have to say they won the lockdown league with the points they won and they must be confident. It’s probably the most confident a United team has been since 2013.

“But they need signings. They can’t go as they are, there’s no way they can do that.

“They’ve done great this season, but there’s no way they can start next season expecting these same players to go and do the same again.”

He added, “Bruno Fernandes will run out of steam early because he takes so much on himself, he wants to be on the ball, he tracks people back, they’ll be too dependent on him for every game if they carry on as they are.

“Everyone is looking at Paul Pogba now, he’s had his little stint back in the starting line-up, but there’s still too many issues about him defensively.

“They need cover in midfield and I still believe they need a centre-forward, I really, really do.”

Olé Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted the team will look to rebuild, and talks are ongoing to get the club’s first signing of the summer, in Jadon Sancho, although there appears to have been a breakdown recently.