The 29-year-old Fernandes is most comfortable playing as the No. 10 behind a lone striker. The Portuguese produce a staggering number of opportunities each season at Old Trafford from that position.
However, United’s wide ranks have been completely depleted this season due to injuries and off-field troubles.
Jadon Sancho remains frozen out following his public altercation with Ten Hag, while Mason Greenwood was sent on loan to Getafe. Due to claims of domestic violence, Antony has also missed work.
Marcus Rashford, Alejandro Garnacho, and Facundo Pellistri are now the only ones left to hold down the fort. Rashford, on the other hand, has been much below average this season, Garnacho often performs better off the bench, and Pellistri has failed to register a single goal or assist.
Ten Hag said Fernandes might be a temporary answer on the right flank before Saturday night’s Premier League matchup with Sheffield United.
The Dutchman emphasized that his captain is “very good” when moved wide, and this adjustment would allow Scott McTominay to play in the position for which he is most known in Scotland.
“As a team, you have to deal with certain situations at times during the season, like injuries, at full-back and right wing in the last couple of games,” said Ten Hag. “We must come up with solutions.
“Bruno is also a very talented right winger. He is free to play in that environment however he is coming inside more in the 10 spot, and you always want to use a guy like this.
He is a player who generates among the most opportunities throughout all of the games.
McTominay is scheduled to begin?
McTominay has spent the majority of his career being recognized as a holding midfielder. The 26-year-old, however, has recently shown a propensity for scoring goals.
McTominay is used by Scotland manager Steve Clarke in a more forward midfield position, and the tactical change has worked well.
McTominay has remarkably scored six goals throughout Scotland’s Euro 2024 qualifying campaign. Erling Haaland of Norway and Kylian Mbappe of France both scored that many goals during the qualification phase.
Last time out, McTominay showed off his goal-scoring skills for Man Utd in a devastating way.
The Scot was brought in with United trailing Brentford by one goal, forcing him into an advanced position. A brace in stoppage time enabled the team to pull off a win.
Sofyan Amrabat left the Morocco camp early owing to an unidentified issue, but he was seen working out on Thursday.
With Casemiro unavailable due to an ankle injury, he might pair up in the double pivot with either Mason Mount or Christian Eriksen.
If Fernandes switches to the right wing, McTominay might then be given the opportunity to stand out right away in the No. 10 position.