Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has been pleased with his centre-backs this season so far, hailing the likes Victor Lindelof, Raphael Varane, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire and Phil Jones.
Man United have endured mixed performances this season so far but still find themselves in the top four with 13 points, one point behind 1st place Liverpool.
The Red Devils have also been able to keep one clean sheet in their opening eight games in all competitions and it came against Wolves in the Premier League.
Despite the arrival of Raphael Varane, United still haven’t starved their opponents from scoring, hence handing Manchester United a rollercoaster season so far.
Victor Lindelof, who started United’s two opening fixtures in the league, lost his starting role to Varane, despite putting out decent performances. Surely, that’s one of a tough decisions Solskjaer has done this season so far.
With Harry Maguire set to be on the sidelines after picking up an injury against Aston Villa last weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could decide to work with Varane and Lindelof at the back. And Bruno Fernandes has lauded praises on the duo, as well as reserving special comments for his skipper, Phil Jones, who hasn’t played for United since over 20 months, and Eric Bailly.
Bruno Fernandes reacts to Manchester United centre-back options
“I think he [Raphael Varane] has a great mentality but, at the same time, we cannot forget the other players,” Fernandes told MUTV. “Rapha has been brilliant, but Victor [Lindelöf] has had an amazing, brilliant beginning to the season.
“We have Phil [Jones] coming back to start playing with the Under-23s – we are really happy to have him back after a long, long stop for him. It’s been difficult for him, being out of the team for a long time.”
Bruno Fernandes continued: “Rapha [Varane] is really important for us, and has been really important for us — Rapha has different qualities to Victor [Lindelöf], H [Maguire], Eric [Bailly] and Phil [Jones], but they can all add different things.
“He’s [Varane] a little bit shy in some ways, because it’s the beginning for him at Manchester United, but I think he’s a leader. I think he can help in that part of the game.”
Manchester United have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions, including last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa in the Premier League.
Man United have a decent chance to get back on track when they host Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
United started off their Champions League campaign with an embarrassing 2-1 loss to Young Boys in Switzerland two weeks ago.