Before the high-profile protests against Glazer at the weekend, Manchester United destroyed the Roma in the Europa League semi-finals.

Bruno Fernandes was instrumental in the win in the first leg, scoring two goals and providing two assists.

It was a spectacular return to form for Fernandes who showed that United are capable of stepping up when United need him.

Fernandes has been unstoppable for the past 16 months since joining United and has regretted teams across Europe not to sign him.

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United’s move was worth it

Calciomercato report Juventus had followed Fernandes since his time in Udinese and now regrets not having signed for him.

They are resigned to the fact that it would be too expensive to move away from United and that it would cost more than £ 100m.

AC Milan also tried and failed to sign Fernandes and can only wonder what could have been.

Tottenham applied for Fernandes in the summer of 2019 and failed to meet Sporting’s requested price. Mauricio Pochettino lost his job months later. If they had signed Fernandes, the Argentine would probably still be there.

The Sun reported last October that Barcelona and Real Madrid both dreamed of signing him. You can dream.

United’s deal is the kind of move that is making the clubs question their own transfer strategies. Were you wrong in firing a great artist just because he was playing in Portugal?

Is it acceptable to pay a lot of money for a gamer with some rough edges while the elite production is around? Fernandes’ continued success suggests the answer is a big “yes”.

Top performer

Fernandes will cost United £ 67m [The Times] When all the add-ons to his business are met, they can be at the price he has and he is already worth every penny.

Since signing, he has scored 38 goals for the club and has made a further 24 assists.

These numbers are just insane in every way and a striker would be proud.

It’s no surprise that clubs across Europe are reluctant to sign him when United did.

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Bleacher Report State Fernandes is one of only eight players in the top five leagues in Europe with more than 10 goals and is supporting this season. Along with Atletico Madrid’s Marcos Llorente, he is one of only two midfielders on the elite list.

It doesn’t seem to be slowing down either. He scored 32 goals for Sporting in 2018/19 and told the MEN he wanted to improve that record this season. It’s currently on the 26th so it’s almost within reach.

Interest in Fernandes may increase and that will put more pressure on United to win trophies, but we are not far away.

Fernandes is currently under contract at Old Trafford until 2026 so there is no risk of him leaving anytime soon.

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