Paul Merson names Manchester United’s most exciting player and hails two youngsters

Paul Merson has hailed Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes
Paul Merson has hailed Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes (Picture: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson says Bruno Fernandes is the Manchester United player who excites him most and has hailed young prospects Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams.

Fernandes completed a £68million move to Old Trafford in January and the former Sporting midfielder has quickly established himself as a fans’ favourite at United.

The 25-year-old scored three goals and made four assists in his first eight appearances for Manchester United and Merson says he could develop into one of the club’s ‘most important acquisitions in recent years’.

‘Manchester United made good signings last summer bringing in Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. But it’s Bruno Fernandes who really excites me,’ Merson wrote in a column for StarSport.

‘The £47m buy from Sporting Lisbon looks tailor-made for United and could prove to be one of the club’s most important acquisitions in recent years.

‘He hit the ground running, seamlessly slotting into midfield and playing with the confidence and authority of someone who’d been there for years.

‘It’s no coincidence that United’s form improved dramatically when Fernandes came in.’

The Red Devils signed Fernandes from Sporting in January
The Red Devils signed Fernandes from Sporting in January (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United were only fifth in the Premier League when the 2019-20 season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic but Merson feels the Red Devils are in a ‘really good place’.

And the former Arsenal and England star has been impressed by striker Greenwood and defender Williams who have broke into the team over the past 12 months.

‘No-one is enjoying the lack of football right now but I feel United are in a really good place,’ Merson added.

‘All of a sudden, no-one is speculating about Solskjaer’s position and the club is getting good publicity again.

‘There’s talk of Jadon Sancho moving there in the summer, perhaps Harry Kane too.

‘Kids such as Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams look really good players while of course Marcus Rashford, who was going great guns before his injury, will be fit again fairly soon.’

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