Bruno Fernandes ‘not at De Bruyne’s level’ and still has to prove himself, says Lee Sharpe

Bruno Fernandes-Kevin de Bruyne-Manchester United-Manchester City-Premier League
Bruno Fernandes-Kevin de Bruyne-Manchester United-Manchester City-Premier League | Photo Credit: IMAGO

Former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe believes Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes still has a lot more to do to prove himself as one of the best players in the Premier League. 

The Portuguese star has been important to Manchester United since his arrival in January 2020. He has been very instrumental to the Red Devils and is his side’s top scorer this season, with 28 goals in all competitions so far. 

Despite his outstanding numbers, Sharpe, who won three Premier League titles with United, has criticised Fernandes for giving the ball away too often and insisted he is still a level below Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.

Sharpe told, “The jury is still out for me on Bruno Fernandes in terms of him being one of the very top players in the league.

“He does something magical, he’ll spray a pass somewhere or score a decent goal, or a free-kick, and then he’ll spend 10-15 minutes of the game giving the ball away really cheaply. 

“I’m not sure whether that’s just a form thing that he’s going through – or whether it’s actually him as a player. 

“So, I’m reserving judgement at the moment whether he’s one of the best in the league – I think De Bruyne is right up there in the top three players in the league; I’m not sure Bruno gets into that top three.

“I mean, he’s scored plenty of goals again, a lot of penalties, but for me, when I’ve watched the games – he just gives the ball away a little bit too cheaply at times-when you really need him to hold the ball up or keep the ball.”

Alongside the 28 goals this term, Fernandes has also assisted his teammates 17 times. 

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