Bruno Fernandes hints Man Utd have gem who should be playing first-team football

Bruno Fernandes reckons Manchester United have a secret star who should be playing for the first team – coach Michael Carrick.

Carrick played for United for 12 years – winning five Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Champions League among a host of other trophies.

The cultured midfielder hung up his boots in 2018 to join the Old Trafford coaching staff – but having seen him play in training, Fernandes says the 39-year-old could still do a job for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

“I was watching in training and Carrick was playing because we had players missing and he didn’t miss a pass," said Fernandes, talking on United's official podcast.

“It’s unbelievable how fresh and sharp he is doing the exercises with us, and I was talking with Fred and I was going to say to him, ‘Hey, watch him playing and do the same!’ but I thought it was unfair and so I didn’t say it!

“But it was amazing – if someone from outside came to watch training, nobody would say this guy isn’t playing in the team.

“I’m learning a lot from him and he’s one of the people I like to listen to. He's the sort of player from whom you can learn how to be smart in the game, how to be clever."

Fernandes was in international action on Saturday as his Portugal side lost 1-0 to a France team featuring his club-mates Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.

The Portuguese face Croatia on Tuesday – but after that, Fernandes will be raring to get back into action for United when they return to Premier League action at home to West Brom next Saturday.

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Fernandes scored twice and set up Edinson Cavani for a third as he spurred the Red Devils to a 3-1 win at Everton last weekend.

And the midfielder admits he struggles to sleep after matches, as he is still pumped on the adrenaline of matchday – and Red Bull.

“Normally when I finish a game, I come home and it’s difficult to sleep because of all the energy and also all the caffeine you take before the game to give you energy, all the Red Bulls you drink.

“So it’s difficult to calm down, so I come back home and start watching the game. Looking at what I did well or bad.

“I like to watch all those kind of details because I think details can make all the difference in football.”

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