Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has found a new role for Bruno Fernandes

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Manchester United’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick has revealed that he wants to deploy Bruno Fernandes in the number 8 role in midfield. 

After starting his tenure at Old Trafford with the 4-2-2-2 formation, the Red Devils’ boss has changed the system and deployed the 4-3-3 formation in the last two games in the Premier League. Bruno Fernandes has started in the box-to-box role in both the games and straightaway showed glimpses of his best, scoring two goals and assisting two times. 

Speaking with the press after the game against Brentford, quoted by the club’s website, Rangnick said that most of the successful teams in Europe and England play with a 4-3-3 formation. 

He also stated that Bruno Fernandes could be more influential in the midfield of the park rather than staying in the attacking midfield position, given the Portuguese will get the freedom to roam around and utilize the empty spaces. Rangnick said:

“I think most of the top teams in Europe and also in England play in a 4-3-3. I think for him, it’s better than being pinned to a no.10 position because he can then make himself available in different areas of the pitch, not only in the centre. 

“For me, he’s not a wing player, but I think in this position, he can find the spaces himself, he can sniff the moments in which areas we have to play the ball for him, and this position as an 8 is almost perfect for him.”

Can Bruno Fernandes flourish in a new position under Rangnick? 

Bringing Bruno Fernandes in the middle of the park is a shrewd decision by Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick. The Portuguese likes to play threading forward passes, and starting in midfield will give him more time to find those through balls. 

Playing in the no.10 position is very difficult in the Premier League, as the teams like to sit deep and don’t allow the opposition any space between the lines. So, it is extremely tough for the attacking midfielders to pick forward passes. 

However, in the box-to-box role, the 27-year-old will have enough freedom to create chances which are already apparent, given he has contributed four goals in the last two games. 

On the other hand, implementing the 4-3-3 formation will also help the Old Trafford outfit defensively, as there will be an extra player in midfield which will aid Manchester United to protect the back four. 

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