Bruno Fernandes was asked to play in defense

Fri 13 November 2020 | 16:56

Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United's current best player has spoken about how one of his youth coaches told him to play as a defender.

Bruno Fernandes


Manchester United


Sporting Lisbon

and since then he was the key player and helped the team reach the third place on the table last season. Bruno Fernandes has an extraordinary record in

Manchester United

so far and loved by the fans.

More recently with the addition of

Donny van de Beek


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

sometimes uses him as a left or right winter but he has shown commitment in all the positions the coach has asked him. However, he reveals that one of his youth coaches has told him that he would only become one of the bests if he plays as a center back.

“I played central defender for the most part when I started playing football, either central defense or right-back,”


told the UTD Podcast.“I was really good, I had a coach who said to me, ‘If you want to be a top player, you will need to play as a central defender. If you want to be a good player, you will be a midfielder’.

“I think he was wrong but, maybe as a central defender, I could be much better, I don't know! At the time I didn't like to play there, but everyone was saying I was a good defender, they said I was smart, that I covered the sides.”

Fernandes added on his move up the field: “The coach looked at the list of players, and because some were on vacation he said, ‘Oh we have no strikers’ and I said ‘I'm a striker!’ He said, ‘I thought you were a central defender’ and I said, ‘No, I don't play there anymore, I'm a striker!’

“So he gave me one try-out in training, I scored twice and he said ‘OK, you can play a striker!’ He played me as striker in one game, then, in the second game, I was like a fake nine with two strikers, and after that I moved back to number 10 and number eight.”


source: SportMob