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Bruno Fernandes speaks on playing a deeper midfield role for Manchester United



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Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes has spoken out on playing deeper in the midfield and suggested this will be his preferred position in the future.

While the number 10 role is Fernandes‘ typical position, the recent emergence of Scott McTominay as an attacking threat has forced the Manchester United captain deeper to ensure quick service to the wing.

Speaking with Portuguese sports newspaper A Bola, the 29-year-old opened up about playing the new midfield role.

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He said: “I’ve played lower before, especially last season. Even against Everton (last season), I played 6, and I still think it’s one of the most complete games at any level. Passing, organisation of the game, defence, tactics.

“I kind of have in mind finishing my career at a lower level.

“Everyone who has played in this position has ended up coming back down on the pitch. It’s a position that I like. The match against Everton is the one where I created the most chances, even if I played lower.

“The construction of the game is not specific to defence, midfield or attack, because it is often done by several movements, by several components necessary for the team to have the right options to be able to set up.”

In the November Premier League match against Everton at Goodison Park, Fernandes swapped roles with McTominay and dropped deeper to play in midfield alongside Kobbie Mainoo.

While Alejandro Garnacho stole the headlines after scoring what is likely to be the goal of the season, Fernandes quietly had an amazing game in his new role.

The captain won a penalty, which was neatly tucked away by Marcus Rashford to make the score 2-0, and assisted the final goal to put the 3-0 victory to bed.