Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes ‘lacked tactics and intensity’ and few believed he would succeed, reveals old team-mate

BRUNO FERNANDES “lacked tactics and intensity” in his early 20s and few backed the now-Manchester United hero to succeed, a former team-mate claims.

Ex-Italy keeper Emiliano Viviano, who was with Fernandes at Sampdoria and Sporting Lisbon, says the Portugal midfielder, 26, initially struggled in Serie A.

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Bruno Fernandes is now perhaps the first name on the Man Utd teamsheet and a Premier league superstar but had a more shaky time in Italy[/caption]

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Ex-Udinese and Sampdoria midfielder Bruno Fernandes had all the ability while in Italy but was tactically naive, according to Emiliano Viviano[/caption]

And as Fernandes prepares for United‘s home clash with PSG tonight, Viviano told TMW Radio: “I was one of the few who supported him.

“Bruno has always had everything, only that he arrived in Italy and he lacked tactics and intensity.

“He learned it and now it has exploded, also because he has everything: right, left, technique but also an incredible run.

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“He is a technical leader, which Manchester United perhaps lacked.”

Fernandes has been a stand-out performer ever since his £45million arrival from Sporting in January.

And his goal in Sunday’s 3-2 comeback win at Southampton made him only the fourth United player to net in five successive Premier League away games.

That’s particularly impressive when you consider the other three are legendary frontmen – Ruud van Nistelrooy, Robin van Persie and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

So it all makes 35-year-old Viviano’s verdict more stunning.

Fernandes went from Portuguese club Novara to Italians Udinese in 2013, joining Sampdoria three years later, before signing for home country giants Sporting in 2017.

Viviano was a Sampdoria regular while Fernandes was there but failed to make the first team when he too moved to Sporting – in 2018.

He also missed out on first-team football while on loan with Arsenal from Palermo in 2013-14 and is now with Turkish top-flight side Karagümrükspor.

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