“I think most of the top teams in Europe and also in England play in a 4-3-3,” Ralf Rangnick explained in his post-match press conference.
“I think for him [Bruno Fernandes], it’s better than being pinned to a no.10 position because he can then make himself available in different areas of the pitch, not only in the center.
“For me, he’s not a wing player, but I think in this position, he can find the spaces himself, he can sniff the moments in which areas we have to play the ball for him, and this position as an 8 is almost perfect for him.”
While Scott McTominay played as the lone defensive midfielder in the 3-1 win over Brentford, Bruno played alongside Fred a little higher up.
However, he was still deployed deeper when compared to where he plays in a 4-2-3-1 and it appears to be working.
The Manchester United midfielder provided two assists to set up goals for Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.