“I’m really, really confident that, you know, if the chance doesn’t arise for him at Manchester United, he will still play at a very high level of things,” admitted the former Class of ’92 member. “An intelligent footballer, as a left-footed left-back, he gives the team balance and he can score his fair share of goals as well.
“So yeah, I really enjoy watching him and I’m glad he’s been given the chance. Of course, an injury [like the one for Malacia] can open the door. I mean nobody wishes an injury on anybody but, sometimes, that is the time when you do get your chance and opportunity.
“I know that Fernandez doesn’t want any of his team-mates to get hurt but, when it happens to be in your position, you just have to take it because you know, at the end of the day, football is a cut-throat business. And being on the pitch, he’s no different. You have to grab your chance when it comes along, no matter how that chance does come along.”
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