Bruno Fernandes Vs Adama Traore: FM Ratings For Man United And Wolves’ Attacking Midfielders Today
Man United and Wolves played out a dull 0-0 draw that nobody will be demanding is released on Blu-ray - but Bruno Fernandes made his debut, while Adama Traore menaced United's defence.
New £46.5 million signing Fernandes was thrust straight into the starting XI by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - and he certainly got stuck in, giving United fans some much-needed cause for optimism.
He may not have scored or assisted - hey, nobody else did either - but he lasted the full 90 minutes, which is more than some viewers likely managed.
Flying Spanish winger Traore has been destroying defenders all season and his skills were on show as he occasionally lit up the game with a dazzling run. Here's how the two players would rate on Football Manager based on today.
Bruno Fernandes (Man United)
Leadership - 19
Talk about standing up to be counted. The Portuguese star had the most touches in the first half - and could be seen regularly demanding the ball and directing Aaron Wan-Bissaka where to run. All this at a club he's been at for just a few days. He's clearly got leadership qualities - and if he can somehow turn Wan-Bissaka into a young Dani Alves, he'll be worth his transfer fee already.
Passing - 15
A mixed bag. "Crisp" reckoned Gary Neville, as the 25-year-old played some tasty interchanges with Juan Mata. Fernandes attempted the most passes in the first half - but he wasn't perfect. Not helped by a lack of movement in front of him, a few of the playmaker's ambitious through-balls didn't find their target. He's clearly a quality passer - but his radar understandably isn't honed in. Yet.
Free Kick Taking - 13
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As with his passing, a bit hit and miss. His poor cross from a free-kick in the first half prompted a rendition of the classic "What a waste of money" from the away fans and led some to call him the Portuguese Obertan (possibly). Yet he tested Rui Patricio with a dipping shot from a free-kick just before the hour mark. Not bad, but you suspect Fernandes's free-kicks will get better as he settles in at his new club.
Adama Traore (Wolves)
Acceleration - 20
It'd be pretty weird if Traore woke up to discover the good lord had robbed him of his blistering speed. Sure enough, he flew past two United defenders in the first five minutes, then on 12 minutes left Harry Maguire looking like a statue as he beat him for pace from a standing start. United were understandably double and triple marking him - the boy is absolutely rapid.
Flair - 18
Yes, the problem with Traore isn't just that he's quick - he's also got serious skills. Luke Shaw marshalled him well in the second half, but one mazy run from deep on 69 minutes took out several United players in spectacular style. His pass through to Raul Jimenez wasn't bad either and created one of the best openings of the match.
Finishing - 8
For all his brilliance - and a big improvement in his end product - Traore still only has four Premier League goals this season. He didn't quite have his shooting boots once again at Old Trafford. He blasted wide just after the half-hour mark, while another second-half shot was hit straight at Shaw from close range. If Traore could improve his finishing, he would be an even more terrifying attacking prospect.
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