Rio Ferdinand has explained that Bruno Fernandes’ risktaking is what places the Manchester United star as one of the Premier League’s best midfielders.
Portuguese ace Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in the January transfer window and has revitalised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
The 47million man netted five goals and three assists in his first eight Premier League appearances and is yet to taste defeat for United yet.
Since the lockdown, Fernandes has partnered up with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic in midfield, which has seemingly turned the Red Devils back into one of the Premier League elites.
And United legend Ferdinand has pin-pointed Fernades’ ability to keep the ball going forward, rather than sideways or backwards, as one of his greatest attributes.
“It’s the risks he takes on a football pitch and he’s someone you don’t mind doing that because his intentions are there,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.
“When the ball comes to him, a lot of midfielders nine times out of 10 play it back or out wide, but he identifies there’s a danger area, a space for him to live and breathe and for players to attack once he gets on the ball.
“And these players are starting to get on the same wavelength as him when he gets the ball.
“All great players before the ball comes to them are having a look, assessing the areas around him.
“He wants to exploit the areas, playing in with one pass. The intention is there to hurt the opposition.”
Ferdinand believes that Solskjaer isn’t too bother about mistakes from Pogba and Fernandes due to the attacking benefits they bring.
“When you’re trying to hurt teams and open them up, you don’t mind them getting it wrong in the final third,” Ferdinand said. “The risks are being taken. He’s taking the risks in the right areas, he’s not doing it on the edge of his own box.
“It’s about guile, it’s about art and it’s about creativity. You accept him taking risks in those areas.”