The MEN uncovered last month that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been thinking about an formation change for the new season, as the Norweigan hopes to close the hole to rivals by Manchester City by intently evaluating and looking into his side’s qualities and shortcomings.
Manchester United ‘s pre-season began with a 2-1 win against Derby on Sunday, but can Fernandes take part in tactical experiments conducted by Solskjaer as he approaches the start of the Premier League campaign?
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Bruno Fernandes as a CM
Although he’s yet to report for pre-season training due to his Euro 2020 exploits, Bruno Fernandes could be tested as a no.8 rather than a no.10 this summer.
Rumours have emerged recently suggesting that Solskjaer is toying with the prospect of 4-3-3 at Old Trafford next season, which would involve Fernandes dropping from his no.10 role to become more of a box-to-box central midfielder.
The change could be compared to that made by Pep Guardiola upon his arrival in Manchester, with the Spaniard converting David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne into offensive no.8 types.
Paul Pogba could be fielded alongside Fernandes as the second no.8 which is a mouth-watering prospect to consider, although the defensive emphasis placed on the shoulders of the team’s holding midfielder in such a scenario could be too much.
Gathered from ManchesterEvening