Manchester United’s decision not to sign Bruno Fernandes this summer was a mistake, according to former Red Devils striker Louis Saha.
United were linked with a move for the 24-year-old throughout the transfer window, but no bid ever materialised for the Portugal international.
The Red Devils only signed three players over the summer – Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James – failing to add a midfielder to their squad, which Saha believes they will live to regret over the season.
Fernandes, who scored 31 goals in all competitions last season, would have been the ideal option to add creativity, goals and leadership to the United midfield, according to the French former forward.
‘Bruno Fernandes is a player of great technical quality who could be extremely decisive at various points in United’s game,’ Saha told Record, via the Manchester Evening News. ‘But more than that, he’s a born leader and that’s what Manchester United are missing this season. ‘
He’s undoubtedly a huge player and his market value should not be impeding for a club like United. ‘In addition, Sporting have the right to ask whatever they want for one of their most valuable assets.
‘Bruno Fernandes was absolutely impressive last season. Only time can tell, but judging from everything that has happened – United made a mistake by not buying Bruno Fernandes and not signing a creative midfield player.’
It is believed that Sporting were asking for £55m for Fernandes, which United were unwilling to spend on the former Udinese and Sampdoria man.