“If you don’t depend so much on one player, and every player makes a difference, you can beat any team.”
The pressure has certainly been on Fernandes to deliver, with Donny van de Beek struggling to make the desired impact following his summer move from Ajax.
The Dutchman was expected to hit the ground running at Old Trafford but has failed to do so, with Solskjaer seemingly reluctant to throw him straight into his first-team XI.
Injuries have furthered slowed his progress, leaving Solskjaer with a tricky decision this summer as he looks to bolster his midfield ranks.
And the manager may well look towards Jesse Lingard, who has been in sensational form on loan at West Ham.