Manchester United have high hopes for Alvaro Fernandez and will be looking for him to learn a lot from Robbie Brady at Preston this season.
Fernandez won United’s Under-23 Player of the Year award last season and big things are expected of the Spaniard.
The problem for Fernandez is that first-team minutes at United are hard to come by.
United have just signed a new left back in Tyrell Malacia and he will be competing with Luke Shaw this season.
After shining at Under-23 level, it was only right that Fernandez secured himself a loan move for this season.
Preston swooped in and secured Fernandez on loan for the season, landing a major coup in the process.
The 19-year-old – formerly of Real Madrid – needs first-team action this season and Preston can provide that.
Fernandez will have to compete with Robbie Brady to start as Preston’s left wing back, which isn’t an easy task.
Brady’s injury problems and a condensed schedule because of the World Cup mean Fernandez should play plenty of first-team action over the course of the season.
It’s interesting that United have sent Fernandez to Preston as Brady’s presence adds an interesting layer to the deal.
Brady came through at Manchester United and has plenty of experience in his locker, meaning he can pass on some pointers to Fernandez whilst having that Old Trafford connection.
The Irishman has now told the Lancashire Evening Post that he thinks Fernandez is a ‘great player’ and claims to have friends at United who have been ‘singing his praises’.
Brady noted that he would love to help Fernandez develop – something United will love to hear from their former prospect.
“I know what it’s like as a young lad coming in on loan but you can definitely see his qualities, he’s a great player,” said Brady. “He had a good season last year at Man United, I have some friends still there that I speak to and they’ve been singing his praises as well.”
“It’s good to have that competition. We’ll be fighting for the same spot the majority of the time. It’ll help, it’ll benefit me and it’ll definitely benefit him as well to push on. If there’s anything I can help him with along the way I would be more than happy to do that, he’s a good kid,” he added.