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This idea that somehow Manchester United would be better off without Bruno Fernandes is complete and utter hogwash.

Bayern Munich want him. Inter Milan want him. Cristiano Ronaldo wants him to join him in Saudi Arabia. Of course they do. He’s Manchester United's best player; he’s the one player of a standard that, if given the help, can put this sinking ship back afloat.

Fernandes offers so many intangibles to United that just don’t translate to popular statistical metrics, or viral clips befitting of fan social media pages. There’s an infectiousness to him. A tenacity that rubs off on others that so few in this club seem to produce.

There are moments, sometimes fleeting but often crucial, where he is playing puppet master to pull his team-mates into positions and elevate them to the level of his play which, when at his best, is of a world class standard.

It was notable at Crystal Palace, the first game Fernandes has missed through injury in his professional career, just how United collapsed without him. A 4-0 shellacking was no great surprise.

Bruno Fernandes has been linked with a move away from Man United, with a number of clubs interested in signing him this summer

Bruno Fernandes has been linked with a move away from Man United, with a number of clubs interested in signing him this summer

But United should be doing everything to keep him, and he is the one player who demands that his team-mates lift their level

But United should be doing everything to keep him, and he is the one player who demands that his team-mates lift their level

Not just in midfield but through every rank of the side. Lost and without a leader to guide them through the storm, they collapsed. Even against Arsenal, a limp performance that saw the Gunners win while coasting in second gear, there was no spark plug to galvanise United minus their midfield metronome.

Here against Newcastle that was a non-issue, not with an energiser bunny like Fernandes haring from his false nine position to left back in the early exchanges to clear danger from the edge of his own box.

Moments later he’s back launching a counter-attack and all without breaking sweat. It set a tone. He is the standard bearer that all others must follow.

It is no exaggeration to say that Fernandes is the heartbeat of this side. Granted, this is a side still with the potential to finish with Manchester United’s worst ever Premier League points total. But that isn’t on Fernandes.

It is why when his entourage sat down with United’s senior football leadership team at Carrington in the past week it was stressed just how imperative it is that United build around him.

Fernandes' energy was infectious in Man United's win against Newcastle on Wednesday night

Fernandes' energy was infectious in Man United's win

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