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Carvalhal warns Solskjaer – Don’t make Bruno a #10

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Carlos Carvalhal has warned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not to try and make Bruno Fernandes a number 10.

Bruno Fernandes has arrived at Manchester United. The burden of delivering the missing link to this underperforming team is huge.

The Portuguese midfielder has arrived with the reputation of being a creative yet goal getting player.

This is very true from a player who scored almost 30 goals last season and was in double digits with assists.

However, all this has been achived from a midfield role.

The concern of former Sporting Lisbon manager Carlos Carvalhal is that Fernandes is mistaken for a number 10 or second striker.

Speaking to Sky Sports his former coach insists this is not Fernandes’ best position. He is adamant he can only do what he does as a number 8 in a true midfield role.

Carvalhal said:

“He (Fernandes) is not a number 10.”

“Bruno is a midfielder but he has developed that ability to break the line of the defense to score goals.”

“He shoots, he assists, the passes and the free-kicks.”

“But he is not a 10, he is an 8.”

“He is a box-to-box player who understands very well the game. He doesn’t just play, he understands everything that happens around him.”