Arsenal hero Paul Merson heaped praise on Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick for his use of Bruno Fernandes – but was less upbeat about Jadon Sancho’s role
Fernandes, 27, is United’s first-choice in the No. 10 role but he has also been used as a central midfielder at times this season.
Giving the Portuguese playmaker the right platform to shine is of the utmost importance, as he has proved himself to be one of the club’s most important players since his arrival two years ago.
He lined up as an attacking midfielder against the Seagulls and Merson was pleased to see him in a role where he can maximise his impact.
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The 53-year-old also believes Fernandes can excel in a “deeper” role but praised Rangnick for how he is handling the former Sporting Lisbon man.
“He’s just got to get on the ball and make things happen for his team,” Merson told Sportskeeda of Fernandes. “The more touches he gets, the better Manchester United play as a team.
“Personally, I like it when he plays a little deeper because he can pick a pass. But I also like where he is playing under Ralf Rangnick at the moment.”
While Merson praised Rangnick for his use of Fernandes, he cannot understand why the German insists on using Jadon Sancho on the left flank.
The England international shared his minutes on either wing during his eye-catching spell at Borussia Dortmund, but he has struggled to live up to the £73million United paid for his services last summer.
Merson added: “I don’t really know why Jadon Sancho is playing as a left-winger after impressing on the right side at Borussia Dortmund, but he’s trying to get to grips with the Premier League and will be alright in the grand scheme of things.
“The kid can play because he’s got talent and will start to produce consistently with a confidence boost and better decision-making in the final third.”
Manchester United’s next fixture takes them to Elland Road for a blockbuster clash against old rivals Leeds United on Sunday afternoon.
Merson anticipates a goal-heavy fixture and backed the Red Devils to put the injury-struck Whites to the sword with a 3-1 win.
Rangnick will then lead his side to Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday night to face Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.