Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker believes the club must make new signings to ease the stress on Bruno Fernandes.
Bruno Fernandes has been nothing short of inspirational since he joined the Red Devils in January.
The arrival of the Portuguese midfielder coincided with a good run of form for the Manchester side.
Since Fernandes made his debut, United went unbeaten in the Premier League until the end of the say. A late revival that was just enough to see them secure a top-four finish.
In that time, the 25-year-old has racked up 10 goals and eight assists in 20 total appearances for the club plus Premier League Player of the month awards to go with.
As United face FC Copenhagen on Monday in their Europa League quarter-final, Fernandes will be expected to work his usual influence in midfield.
But Paul Parker looks further ahead until next season and believes the Red Devils need new names to ‘support’ the Portuguese.
“I think they’re capable of [winning the Europa League and] guaranteeing Champions League football, with they way they’ve played since lockdown,” Parker said on Sunday’s Weekend Sports Breakfast.
“You’d have to say they won the lockdown league with the points they won and they must be confident. It’s probably the most confident a United team has been since 2013.”
“But they need signings. They can’t go as they are, there’s no way they can do that.”
“They’ve done great this season, but there’s no way they can start next season expecting these same players to go and do the same again.”
“Fernandes will run out of steam early because he takes so much on himself, he wants to be on the ball, he tracks people back, they’ll be too dependent on him for every game if they carry on as they are.”
“Everyone is looking at Pogba now, he’s had his little stint back in the starting line-up, but there’s still too many issues about him defensively.”
“They need cover in midfield, and I still believe they need a centre-forward I really, really do.”