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Manchester United are said to be concerned over mental and physical pressure on Bruno Fernandes.
The Portugal midfielder was brought off at half-time during their capitulation against Tottenham before the international break and club chiefs are said to be aware of their over reliance on him.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come in for criticism following the aforementioned defeat, as has Ed Woodward for his failure to sign Jadon Sancho before transfer Deadline Day on Monday.
A report from Portugal has stated that the stance even led to a number of signings during the window.
O Jojo have reported the news of United’s worry, and has mentioned the pressure on Fernandes as playing a part in some of their business that included Donny van de Beek, Amad Traore, Facundo Pellistri and Willy Kambal.
Fernandes said when asked about his conversations with Solskjaer in August: “I talk already with the manager and he says to me a lot of times ‘sometimes you do so many runs and some runs aren’t for you – you need to shout someone else to run, because after you are tired and, when you take the ball, you will not be fresh.’
“But it’s instinct, it’s part of my game. I can’t control this. I’m like this and I want to help the team every time.
“In the game, you don’t think, you just run. For me, that’s enough. I think the most important thing is to help the team and if you help the team it’s okay.”
Despite his fine record of scoring goals at United, Fernandes also said that he takes just as much pleasure in creating chances for his team-mates.
“It’s important to be in the goals, whether it’s doing assists or scoring, so, for me, it’s the same,” he continued.
“Of course, I enjoy assisting my team-mates because playing no.10 is the position you have to serve your team-mates.
“Sometimes, I look too much for them when I have the chance to shoot but I try always to serve them, because, normally, the strikers are there to score. For their confidence, scoring is important.
“A No.10 doesn’t need to score a lot to be confident. For them, it’s important. Since I arrived in Manchester, I try to serve more than score – but I have more goals than assists. That’s true!”
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