Fernandes changes style when Dean referees
Bruno Fernandes has revealed one of the secrets behind his uncanny ability to find space on the pitch – he marks the ref.
The Manchester United playmaker says his playing style involves finding “dead zones” – which are often the areas occupied by the match official.
Fernandes, 28, told The Athletic: “I call these the ‘referee zone’ as nobody marks the referee.
“Sometimes, this is what the coaches say to players who play between the lines, or the wingers who want to come inside, or the striker when he wants to drop.
“Of course, sometimes the positions are different because it can be a counter-attack, for example.
“It also depends on the way an official referees the game. Mike Dean, for example, ran very centrally, which was probably for him better to see the game.
“But for us as a No 10, that cannot be our position, so you have to find out where you can go.”