Fernandes admits he was initially in awe of particular Rashford quality

Date published: Thursday 16th July 2020 2:29

Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba Man Utd

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes says he was “surprised” to learn how Marcus Rashford combines raw pace with excellent decision-making.

Rashford has enjoyed his best season in front of goal, scoring 21 goals and assisting eight others. Indeed, his statistics are more impressive considering he suffered a serious back injury in January.

However, Rashford recovered from his injury and has emerged from lockdown in impressive form, with two Premier League goals and three assists.

And January signing Fernandes says he was taken aback by the England international‘s ability upon moving to Old Trafford.

Asked by BT Sport (via the Daily Mirror) to assemble his perfect player, Fernandes said: “I will choose Rashford because I think what Rashford has is pace. Amazing pace, but with amazing quality.

“It’s difficult sometimes going at that velocity to have the quality to do the right things, you know. To choose the right time to shoot, to pass, to skill.

“I will choose Rashy for sure. He surprised me a lot. Of course I already knew his qualities, because he is one of the best young players in the world for me.

 

“I think I will choose Rashy because for me this [pace] is one of the best qualities he has.”

Rashford’s post-lockdown form has mirrored that of his fellow United attackers – as well as Fernandes.

Mason Greenwood has netted four times and assisted once, with Anthony Martial contributing a further seven strikes.

Fernandes, meanwhile, has arguably proved to be the catalyst, with his creativity from midfield.

MAN UTD CONFIDENT OF NEW POGBA DEAL?

Elsewhere, reports claim United are close to tying Paul Pogba down to a new deal at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman has one year left on the deal he signed in 2016, with the option of an extra year.

However, speculation has reigned this season about his exit – created partly by his agent. And while doubts still remain, the suggestions are that United have made a breakthrough in negotiations.

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