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Fernandes backed to form partnership with Grealish at Man Utd by Heskey

Former England striker Emile Heskey has admitted that Jack Grealish will be leaving Aston Villa at the end of the season.

The 24-year-old has impressed so far this season despite Villa’s struggles in the Premier League, and Manchester United are said to be interested in bringing him to Old Trafford.

If Grealish is to make the move to Manchester, he will need to fit in midfield alongside new boy Bruno Fernandes, who has impressed in each of his performances since leaving Sporting Lisbon in January.

Former Villa and Liverpool man Heskey thinks that could prove to be successful, despite United already having plenty of first-team players fighting for a starting spot.

He told GentingBet: “I think Jack Grealish would do well at Man United.

“He’s a commanding midfielder and the kind that they’ve missed recently.

“They have it now in Fernandes but having another one alongside him who could drive from the midfield – that’s Jack all over.

“But Jack can play in several different positions very well. He would do very well at Manchester United.”

Before adding: “There is every chance that Jack Grealish will join Man United in the summer.

“I don’t think that Jack will be at Villa come the end of the season.

“He’s done a phenomenal job for them since he started out at the club.

“I played with him when I was at Villa, he was only a young lad, he used to come and train with us – he was a phenomenal player even then and he has gone from strength to strength.

“He’s taken everything on his shoulders at a young age.

“He’s a very young captain but has been very positive with it. He’s stayed at Villa a lot longer than a lot of people would have thought he would, so full credit to him.

“Villa will now get a decent fee for him and he’ll go on and make a stellar career.”

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Man Utd told to reconsider Philippe Coutinho transfer due to Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes the club do not need to sign Philippe Coutinho in the summer following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes.

United have been linked with a move for Coutinho, who has struggled at times on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona.

The Brazilian headed to the Nou Camp from Liverpool in 2018 though failed to replicate the form that earned him a big-money move to the Catalan giants.

He could be set for a return to the Premier League with Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea also linked with the attacking midfielder.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer strengthened his midfield in January by signing Fernandes, who has already impressed at Old Trafford.

And Ferdinand believes the introduction of the Portuguese ace means the Red Devils do not need to make a move for Coutinho.

"He [Coutinho] hasn't done amazingly well at Bayern. I think he is a great player, a huge talent, but I think he needs saving," Ferdinand said on Instagram Live.

"Coming to the Premier League, to the right team, would be a saviour for him. I would have said Man United before Bruno Fernandes turned up but not now.

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"Would he improve Spurs? Yes he would. Is he a Jose Mourinho player and do they have the finances to get him? I don't know.

“But he would improve Spurs because people like Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son would feed off him.

"Arsenal, he would improve them, but where does he play in their system? Is he someone they would like to see replace Mesut Ozil? I don't know, I like Ozil.

"He would improve all the teams I've just listed, but not Man United."

Fernandes has scored three times for Manchester United since joining in a £46m move from Sporting Lisbon at the end of January.

He found the net against Club Brugge, Everton and Watford while also registering three assists for his new club.

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Diogo Dalot backs "unbelievable" Bruno Fernandes to become Man Utd legend

Bruno Fernandes is already on his way to becoming a Manchester United legend – according to team-mate Diogo Dalot.

Fernandes was named Premier League Player of the Month for February, after the £46.6million playmaker dazzled for United.

The 25-year-old, also voted United and PFA Player of the Month, has made an explosive start to his career in England since making his much-heralded move from Sporting Lisbon.

Fernandes made his United debut on February 1 in a 0-0 draw with Wolves and has since racked up three goals and four assists, making him an instant hero with Reds' fans.

Portugal compatriot and club team-mate Dalot is in no doubt that Fernandes is guaranteed legendary status at United, after his sparkling start to life at Old Trafford.

Dalot said: “He’s a top guy, a top player. He is going to be legend.

“He’s unbelievable, he can better of course as well. He’s going to learn a lot from this club. I think he is a massive player to have in this team and he’s going to be a very good player for this club.

“He’s going to be a legend, no doubt about that.

“He was the captain at Sporting, of course he’s an experienced player as well, 25 years old.

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Bruno Fernandes lifts lid on what Solskjaer is really careful with at Man Utd

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “wants perfection” from Bruno Fernandes, despite the midfielder making an instant impact at his new club.

Fernandes has contributed three goals and four assists since making the move to Old Trafford in January, with United currently on an 11 game unbeaten run.

Despite their good form, Fernandes has revealed in a Sky Sports interview that Solskjaer is always demanding more.

“It's difficult [to assess Solskjaer] because it's been one month, but he's always careful with the details and for me, that's important because it is one of the things which changes football now is looking for the details,” Fernandes said.

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“Now, every coach is really good, they look at each other and learn from each other and so the game is difficult.

“Now you have videos and most teams know what you will do, where you will place the ball, where they need to press so the game becomes harder and harder.

“I think he's really good on this and he was a footballer so he knows when he needs to talk to players, when he needs to give a good word or sometimes come and push you to give more.

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“I think when you have a past in football, you understand these things more than when you don't have [a past].

“But sometimes you have coaches who never play football and they also know this too so it depends coach from coach but I think Ole is really careful with these kind of points.

“He wants perfection, which is impossible, but he tries to ask more and more from us.”

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Fernandes also claimed that Solskjaer has helped him hit the ground running at United, adding: “I think the coach is always important for a new player when you come in.”

“With me, it was really important because you need to feel confidence from the other side. When you need to change, and it's a big change coming from another country to a big club with big players, you need to be ready.

“I think when I arrived here, the coach was really important but more than the coach was my team-mates because when you have the confidence of your team-mates, it's much better and easier for you.”

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Paul Ince makes strange claim about Odion Ighalo’s Man Utd wondergoal at LASK

Manchester United legend Paul Ince has challenged Odion Ighalo over his stunning strike in United's 5-0 Europa League win at LASK on Thursday night.

The last-16 first leg tie was played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus and Ince believed the empty stadium was a factor behind Ighalo's audacious attempt.

Ighalo's opener was a thing of beauty as the Nigerian forward collected a pass from Bruno Fernandes before juggling the ball on the edge of the area and then unleashing a ferocious shot into the top corner.

It was a goal worthy of a standing ovation but was only witnessed by a handful of people and Ince hinted the striker may not have tried his luck, had the stands been full.

"It reminds me of one of those goals you try in training," said Ince on BT Sport. "If it's a full house I don't know.

"Maybe I'm doing a disservice to him, but I don't know…"

However, Owen Hargreaves, another former Man Utd midfielder, leapt to the striker's defence and heaped praise on Ighalo.

"Come on, Incey, that's a beautiful goal! That's one of the best goals he's ever scored," said Hargreaves.

Ighalo's first half strike was his fourth in eight games since his loan move from Chinese side Shanghai Shenua in January and it paved the way for United to hit four unanswered goals in the second half.


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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains Bruno Fernandes’ importance in new Man Utd tactics

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans for his team to give Bruno Fernandes the ball as often as possible.

The January signing has made a strong start to life at Old Trafford after joining from Sporting Lisbon.

He has already found the net three times with the Portuguese ace providing a spark in midfield for United.

And Solskjaer has opened up on the tactics he wants to use with Fernandes, and it involves giving his new signing the ball as often as he can.

“When we got Bruno right before the window closed, he provided an extra boost for the players, coaches, supporters and the club. So that has helped,” Solskjaer told TV2.

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“Also, the week we had winter holidays was important to us, because we had 18 games in 60 days or something.

“It’s not just what you see on the pitch. We can look at his movements, his passes, his dare to take risks, his finishes and his scoring goals.

“But his personality, too. He’s a player who wants the ball all the time, one who’s not afraid of making mistakes.

“He was in very good shape when he arrived. He’s an important piece in the game we are in.

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“The Everton press was an example of what we wanted. Forcing them to make mistakes, win the ball, the first ball goes forward and then preferably to Bruno, who’s incredibly good at freeing himself in the first phase.

“After all, we work on it in the field.”

Fernandes has scored in the Red Devils’ last three matches and started for Manchester United at Derby in the FA Cup.

And Tim Sherwood has been impressed, saying: “Fernandes in midfield has been a revelation. He is a true Manchester United player as we would recognise them from years ago.

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“He’s got that swagger, you’ll stand next to him, look across in that tunnel, he’s got a Manchester United vibe about him.

“He wants to receive the ball, the boys are seeing him in training every single day, he’s a reference for them.

“Whenever they get the ball it’s like ‘when can we get it to Bruno? Let’s try and find him’.

“He’d take it in a telephone box, he manipulates it well, he threatens the goal, good at dead-ball situations.”

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