Bruno Fernandes trains with ‘first love’ Boavista ahead of Man Utd return

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Bruno Fernandes took a break from his holiday to train with ex-club Boavista FC ahead of his return to Manchester United in coming days.

Fernandes has not yet linked up with United as he is taking time away from football following his stint at Euro 2020.

The midfielder was a part of Portugal's squad who were dumped out of the tournament by Belgium in the last 16.

It is thought he will head to pre-season training with his Premier League club soon but he made a quick stop at his "first love" club of Boavista.

The star played at the Portuguese side from 2004 until 2012 and his former club relished his return.

Bruno Fernandes impressed at United last season
(Image: PA)

They wrote on social media: "There is no love like the first Bruno Fernandes.

"He trained at Bessa and made a point of leaving a message to the boavisteiros! @ManUtd don't worry, he will arrive even better!"

Despite a disappointing Euros campaign, the 26-year-old had an impressive season at United scoring 30 goals and making 18 assists across all competitions.

His good form led to him being awarded the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year gong.

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Fernandes will not be available for United's first pre-season friendly this Sunday against Derby.

Jesse Lingard is available for selection against Wayne Rooney's men and he will be keen to continue his good run of form he enjoyed on loan last season at West Ham.

His performances saw him just miss out on a spot in Gareth Southgate's 26-man Euros squad that reached their first major tournament final in 55 years.

Solskjaer will have many stars to choose from and Derby boss Rooney is aware of the challenge that lies ahead for his team.

Fernandes has been put through his paces back Portugal
(Image: Boavista FC – Twitter)

He told Rams TV: “We’ve had time to work on how we want to play and it has been a very positive week, which will be rounded off with a very difficult game against Manchester United on Sunday.

“This week was all about getting the work in and taking on board the messages we’re trying to get across to them.

“It’s my first pre-season with the group and preparing the team, so we’re excited for the season to start.”

Solskjaer is expected to call upon many young players in his ranks for the friendly and Rooney insists he won't under-estimate them.

He added: “I think it will be a good game for us and I am aware it won’t be Manchester United’s full-strength team.

“They will still have some very good and experienced players playing, that have played at the highest level and in tournaments in their careers, alongside some talented youngsters too.

“It is the first step of us trying to play in a slightly different way, so I’m excited to see that.”

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