Bruno Fernandes needs to stop sulking and start shining again for Man Utd

Manchester United club psychologist Sascha Lense might just be the most overworked man at Old Trafford.

Lense is talking to Ralf Rangnick's stars in a bid to help them kick their habit of throwing away leads and crucial points in the race to secure a top four finish.

And one of the first names to be knocking on his office door should be misfiring midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

Fernandes was a breath of fresh when he joined United from Sporting Lisbon in 2020 for £47million.

The Portugal international made a dramatic impact from the get go and started winning games for United with a string of virtuoso performances.

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He scored an impressive 12 goals in his first 22 appearances to help United reach the Europa League final and semi final of the FA Cup.

All looked well in Fernandes's world but as we all know, no sport is quite as fickle as football.

In recent months the midfielder's sparkle has disappeared, the goals have dried up and he has looked more like a petulant child than world class footballer.

If trophies were handed out for complaining to referees then Fernandes would sweep the board.

He was at it again last weekend in United's disappointing draw with Southampton at Old Trafford, ranting, raving and stamping his feet at official Stuart Attwell.

It takes a certain kind of player to succeed at United and the fact interim boss Rangnick has spoken of mental weakness in his squad speaks volumes for where this team is right now.

Sir Alex Ferguson would know within a matter of games if someone had the strength of character to handle the demands and expectations of a club the size of United.

If he thought they couldn't he will ship them out.

Fernandes remains a great player, but he needs to start channelling his energies in a more constructive way, starting with Tuesday night's visit of Brighton.

Otherwise, his reputation will start to precede him – and it won't be a positive one.

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