With or without Scott McTominay available, Manchester United need to step up their search for a new central midfielder. The Scotland international could face 8-weeks on the sidelines with a fresh injury but all season we’ve been crying out for better midfield players to accompany him and maybe Paul Pogba, if the latter can get back to match fitness.
McTominay has been one of our better players this term, playing 21 times across all competitions and sporting three goals while providing a further three assists.
But with him ruled out of action for the time being, Sky Sports claim Man Utd are interested in signing Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes.
The report claims that he is one of a number of targets for the Red Devils in the upcoming January transfer window, and that his entourage have been in the UK trying to broker a loan deal with a £34m option to buy at the end of the season.
After seeing the link to the 20-year-old Portuguese midfielder, United fans took to Twitter to voice their opinions on their supposed transfer target.
This guy looks good, I hope we get him.
— Mekz_N (@NMekz) December 30, 2019
Just buy him fantastic fantastic player
— Rohan Behera (@RohanBehera11) December 30, 2019
A loan deal with option to buy would be awesome. Clearly has a lot of good qualities, only 20 years of age. If he does well, sign him up for 30m, if not then he goes to Benfica and no harm done.
— MUFCPoni (@MufcPoni) December 30, 2019
Loan with option to buy is smart move. He’s got something to prove and if does well £35m is cheap for a player with his potential. Ideal 3 targets for mid would be Maddison, Grealish and De Beek to sit deep like Scholes and be playmaker with Matic, Pogba and mata leaving..
— darryl_lal (@DarrylLal) December 30, 2019
Good move especially if there is just an option to buy. If he works out we pay it and get a good midfielder and if he doesn’t do well we don’t lose anything
— DRob (@DillanRoberts14) December 30, 2019
No harm bringing him in on loan to add to the squad for 6 months. Works out, sign him for cheaper. Doesn’t work out then at least it’s the summer window and we can try for another target like Maddison/Grealish etc
— Craig Sharpe (@CraigCharles23) December 30, 2019
I mean if it’s a loan I have no issue. Even if it doesn’t work out we get another midfielder in for the rest of the season.
— Jake Driver (@Jakedee95) December 30, 2019
Some fans then made comparisons to Paul Pogba…
— Joshua Awenode (@Joshuaawenode) December 30, 2019
Plays like Pogba.
— The POCH. (@mrcobbina) December 30, 2019
Gedson Fernandes might just be a right fit for mufc.. Amazing how he runs with the ball and his ability to tackle. Oh, and the long passes🔥
— BigBadWolf🐶 (@Muunahrosy) December 30, 2019
As far this video he is nothing less than prime Pogba in full flow.
— Football@bloodyhell (@Kis_ManUTD) December 30, 2019