Paul Merson is most excited about watching Manchester United when football eventually resumes.
Premier League football is currently suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic but a decision is expected to made on May 8 regarding any potential restart.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United are technically still on an 11-game unbeaten run and were showing plenty of promising signs before the hiatus.
The Reds only conceded in two of those games and look far more solid in a defence marshalled by new permanent captain Harry Maguire.
But Merson is most excited about United going forward, and has named one player in particular that he can’t wait to see return to action.
“Can they carry on where they left off? That’s the 64 million dollar question but there are definite signs that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is starting to assemble a formidable squad at Old Trafford,” the former Arsenal player said in his Daily Star column.
“And it’s a young, improving one, which is something that can’t really be said about the likes of Arsenal or even Manchester City.
“United made good signings last summer bringing in Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
“But it’s Bruno Fernandes who really excites me. The £47million buy from Sporting Lisbon looks tailor-made for United and could prove to be one of the club’s most important acquisitions in recent years.
“He hit the ground running, seamlessly slotting into midfield and playing with the confidence and authority of someone who’d been there for years.
“It’s no coincidence that United’s form improved dramatically when Fernandes came in.
“No-one is enjoying the lack of football right now but I feel United are in a really good place.”
There is certainly cause for cautious optimism at Old Trafford and Merson has hit the nail on the head in relation to Fernandes.
The Portuguese international has revitalised United going forward, giving them urgency and ideas when transitioning in attack.
He is the attacking midfielder United have been crying out for and is the player Solskjaer can build his team around next season.
We can’t wait to see the 25-year-old in action when football eventually resumes.