Garth Crooks lauds superstar who gives his ‘heart and soul’ for Man United; names him in his TOTW

Garth Crooks praises Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes after Bournemouth draw

BBC football pundit Garth Crooks included Manchester United skipper Bruno Fernandes in his latest Team of the Week column.

The Man United captain led from the front as his side dropped further two points at Bournemouth in their bid for a Champions League finish.

Crooks particularly praised the Portugal international for his intensity throughout the game. Fernandes scored twice as the Red Devils came back twice from going behind at the Vitality Stadium.

Garth Crooks praises Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes after Bournemouth draw. (Source: Transfermarkt) (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
The brace on Saturday takes Bruno’s goal-involvement tally for United to 21 for this season. (Source: Transfermarkt) (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

“Whatever you may think of Bruno Fernandes, he does give his heart and soul whenever he plays for Manchester United. Bournemouth should and would have wrapped this game up but for the never-say-die attitude of Fernandes.”

Crooks in his Team of the Week column on the BBC Sport website

The draw on Saturday leaves Man United 13 points off fourth-placed Aston Villa, with a game in hand over Unai Emery’s side.

Up next for Red Devils is a trip to Wembley as they face Championship side Coventry City in the FA Cup semi-final. Securing a trip to the FA Cup final will certainly help boost morale. Fernandes has largely been the man for the big moments and it remains to be seen if he will make it to another Wembley highlight reel.

Can’t fault Bruno for trying

Bruno Fernandes has been a shining star for Man United ever since arriving at Old Trafford in January 2020.

Having featured in 42 games, the United captain has averaged over 89 minutes per appearance so far this season. (Source: Transfermarkt) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Having featured in 42 games, the United captain has averaged over 89 minutes per appearance so far this season. (Source: Transfermarkt) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

As is natural, he has his pros and cons as a player, but regardless of what he is able to deliver in terms of output on the pitch, one thing that has not been lacking in Fernandes’ game is a need to keep trying minute after minute as long as he is on the pitch.

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It’s a quality cherished in every leader, and something other United players could look towards as inspiration as they try to close out this season on a note as high as possible.