Manchester United’s reported pursuit of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes shows why the club aren’t on the “level” of Real Madrid or Manchester City, according to former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane.
The Red Devils finished sixth in the Premier League last season, meaning they will miss out on playing in the Champions League this season.
Our friends at Sport Witness have pored over the stories in Portugal which paint a confusing picture. Fernandes’ agent is said to have been in England on Thursday while other reports suggest Miguel Pinho flew to meet United and Tottenham on Friday.
The hard work over personal terms appears to have already been done but Woodward still needs to come up with a package which might tempt Sporting Lisbon president Federico Varandas
However, Kilbane thinks making a signing like Fernandes would show how far the Red Devils have slipped in recent years.
Kilbane told Off The Ball: “They’re not necessarily names if we’re talking in terms of the business Real Madrid have done and the business Man City have done and will do, they’re not names at that level.
“But they’re going to make Man United better. Look where Man United are, they’re a fifth and sixth-placed team.
“That’s where they are. We expect them to be a top one or two. You have to accept [that they’ve got to do it that way now].”