New Castle tried to sing Fernandes when he was at Lisbon.
Newcastle’s former manager
says that they tried to signBruno Fernandes
when he was at Sporting Lisbon but the transfer never happened and now he has talked about Fernandes’ importance for Manchester United.
“Bruno Fernandes was a player we were following at Newcastle United,”
Benitez told The Times
“He was at Sporting Lisbon and he had an issue with his club. There was a chance he could leave on a free. We were progressing but the problem was that the matter would go to court and that would complicate it. The club didn’t want that.
“He has been crucial for United. He changed everything with the way he is playing — assists and goals. He has personality. He tries to look for the right passes. In recent games, I saw him going to press with determination and intensity.”
Benitez who used to be Liverpool’s head coach has also talked about Liverpool and Manchester United’s race for the Premier League title.
“I have the feeling that Liverpool can do well, but I have to be honest, and Manchester United have been doing well in recent games. It will be 50-50, or 60-40 with my heart.
“If you have problems in defense you have to try to protect that area by staying more compact but, at the same time, your style is to press and push the other team. You have to take risks.
“The problem with Manchester United is they have some pace up front and you have to be sure not to let them run easily behind your defenders.”