Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been linked with a long list of playmakers in January with Christian Eriksen and James Maddison among the names linked with a move to Old Trafford.
There have also been rumours of a move for Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff but the £50million asking price is thought to be a stumbling block.
United are therefore now considering going back in for Fernandes having shown an interest in the Portugal international in the summer of 2019, reports Goal.
Fernandes was linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs following a season in which he scored 32 goals and provided 18 assists for Sporting, with the player himself revealing that Tottenham came closest to securing his signature.
He signed a new contract with Sporting in November that runs through until 2023 and saw his release clause increased to £85million.
United are yet to make any contact with Sporting regarding a potential transfer, but United could easily raise the funds required to sign the 25-year-old should Solskjaer make it clear that he needs to be acquired in January.
The interest in Fernandes comes in the wake of United planning an aggressive scouting mission in Portugal, with the club sending representatives to every game being played by Porto, Benfica and Sporting in the coming weeks in a bid to identify potential targets for both January and the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils have also been linked with a move for Wolves’ Ruben Neves as they appear to want to emulate the Portugal national team.