Manchester United could have signed Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon FC of Portugal at the start of the season according to The Athletic.
It was revealed that Manchester United didn’t sign the Portuguese international player because of noisy neighbours Manchester City.
Manchester United wanted to sign Rodri from Atletico Madrid ahead of Bruno Fernandes before the Spanish midfielder signed for noisy neighbours Manchester City in a club-record deal.
Premier League champions Manchester City paid £62.7m to sign Rodri from Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid and he has scored four goals plus one assist in 39 appearances for the Citizens.
Manchester United fans had to wait for several months before Bruno Fernandes was signed. The player joined the Red Devils during the January transfer window.
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Bruno Fernandes moved from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United for an initial fee of £47m plus bonuses and add-ons that could take the deal to the £68m mark.
The Portuguese international has been in very good form for Sporting Lisbon since signing for Manchester United. He was responsible for the only goal of the game in the Manchester Derby at the weekend.
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes provided the only goal of the game for Anthony Martial as the Red Devils beat Premier League champions Manchester City at home in their second league clash of the season thus completing the double.
Manchester United secured a 2-1 away win over Manchester City in the first meeting in the Premier League this term.
The Red Devils have won three of the four meetings with Manchester City in all competitions this season.
Bruno Fernandes has scored three goals since his multi-million pounds transfer from Sporting Lisbon. Since his transfer to the Theatre of Dreams this year, the Portuguese international player has fired Manchester United from sixth to fifth spot and three points off fourth-placed Chelsea.