Fernandes’ exasperated comments at Man Utd teammates showcases club concern

Manchester United didn't have too many opportunities against Chelsea on Sunday but one poorly executed 89th minute chance could have turned the result on its head.

Scott McTominay was set loose down the right, with both Marcus Rashford and Daniel James haring into the middle.

A decent, early ball would have seen either through on goal. But McTominay, who returned from injury early, was let down by his heavy legs.

His pass fell behind both of his team-mates and the Chelsea defence swallowed the chance up like the breakaway had never happened.

According to the Manchester Evening News, it was at this point Bruno Fernandes let out an anguished moan at his fellow Reds: "Come on, guys, it's the best chance. Come on."

His comments – a polite version of what most fans were probably screaming at home – have once again showcased United's biggest problem: The final pass.

How United fans would have loved Fernandes to have been in that position, playing in that ball to two hungry forwards.

But Fernandes can't be all eleven men. He can't be everywhere doing everything.

It's no surprise to see United's form has dropped off following Paul Pogba's injury. Whatever the various criticisms, when the World Cup winner is in the starting XI he takes the burden off Fernandes.

But without his help, United are left floundering.

“I think it was [the right result], we didn't have many chances, we didn’t create much," said David De Gea at full-time to MUTV.

"I think both teams defended really well, there weren't many chances, the draw was fine, but if we want to win trophies we have to beat these teams.

“The last pass was what we missed today, we created good counter-attacks but the last pass wasn’t the best position. At least we defended really well, the team was strong today, we gave everything and it wasn’t enough."

Solskjaer has a huge decision to make this summer. Either he cashes in on Pogba – his contract is up in 2022 – or ties him down. If the former, then he may as well start playing Donny van de Beek now. Better to get him firing sooner rather than later.

It would also mean United would need to invest in the summer. They probably should regardless if Pogba stays anyway.

Had the club solved their right-wing dilemma last summer perhaps it would have been Jadon Sancho making that pass, and not McTominay.

The signing of Bruno Fernandes couldn't have gone better – but United still need more quality to make the difference in those biggest games.

Perhaps if Solskjaer finally solves one of United's biggest issues then the gap between themselves and Manchester City won't be so big next year.

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