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Fernandes: ‘I wouldn’t be happy if I was in position of Van de Beek’

Bruno Fernandes & Donny van de Beek - Manchester United
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The Dutchman has been largely limited to appearances off the bench but was handed a rare start in the FA Cup fourth round clash.

Bruno Fernandes admits he would not be very pleased finding himself in the shoes of Donny van de Beek at Manchester United.

Van de Beek was expected to slot straight into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI after his transfer from last summer. Opportunities, however, have been hard to come by for him due to intense competition in midfield.

Fernandes is pretty much a guaranteed starter with a revived Paul Pogba pairing him at the middle of the park. Scot McTominay, Fred, and Nemanja Matic, due to their defensive abilities, meanwhile, have all been given preferences ahead of the former Ajax man.

The Dutchman has made only eight starts so far this season, with his latest one coming in Man United’s 3-2 win over Liverpool on Sunday.

Fernandes, who scored the winning goal in the FA Cup 4th round clash, says he was impressed with Van de Beek’s performance as he offers his sympathy to his out-of-sorts teammate.

“We have a really good squad and we have options,” Fernandes told MUTV, via Mirror. “If you look at the bench and the first XI today and the ones at home we have a really good squad, it will not be a problem if we change the team or someone is tired because we have really good players.

“Donny did a great game, playing in the position I play watching him he moves really good, he played really well. It’s important for us.

“If I was in the position of Donny I would not be happy at all but the most important is doing what he does today, coming in and helping the team.”