Manchester United hero Gary Neville thinks Bruno Fernandes could prove to be a blessing and a curse for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Portuguese playmaker has been one of United’s best signings in recent memory, having taken the scene by storm since his £46.6million move last January.
He was named the club’s player of the season despite only spending the second half of the campaign at United, such was his impact on the side.
This season, he’s barely had a moment’s rest, having started 15 of United’s 16 league games and five of their six European fixtures.
And Neville believes Solskjaer has something of an issue with the attacking midfielder, because his impact on the team is too big for anyone else to fill the gap.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he explained that Solskjaer is unable to rotate his team properly for games where Fernandes could be rested, because his return is unmatched by anyone else in the squad.
When asked if Fernandes was the most significant signing in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, Neville replied: "Yes because I don't think anybody would have the impact on this Manchester United team.
“We all thought we'd need four or five players. Yet, with him in the team they feel unbeatable.
“Without him they're nowhere near as good.
"They tried it for half a game at West Ham and they were an absolute disaster.
“The one problem Ole has is that he can't rotate.
“He might be able to do it in the FA Cup at the weekend but in any game that matters he has to play because the impact of loss on the team when he's not in is too big. It shouldn't be that way but it is.
"And that's with Van de Beek, Pogba and all the others – they can't handle losing Bruno Fernandes."
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