When the Premier League was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, players had to take up home regimes.
Since March 13th, players have been maintaining their fitness at home ahead of the return of football this month.
The Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 13, 2020
Many teams used zoom sessions to keep a sense of team spirit through these testing times.
Others even broke lockdown regulations, with City stars Kyle Walker and Phil Foden being criticised. Spurs manager Jose Mourinho also came under fire for his public training session with some of his squad.
Fernandes joined the Red Devils in January of this year for a reported fee of £47 million, with potential to rise way past the £60 million pound mark. Where the 25-year-old midfielder lives coincidently is three doors down from a man more fondly remembered by Stephen Ireland.
Ireland came through City’s youth ranks before becoming a key player under Stuart Pearce. The midfielder won the 2008/09 Player of the Season, the first season after the Abu Dhabi ownership group purchased the club.
Ireland revealed that Fernandes confessed his admiration for the 33-year old, even admitting to purchasing him on football manager.
The pair met up for socially distanced training sessions during lockdown, alongside Fred and Diego Dalot. The man who took the session was Ryan Hopper, former player turned fitness coach.
Ireland himself was using the session to help return him to match fitness as he looks to return to the game soon. He professed his excitement, revealing he’s been speaking to various clubs as he looks to reignite his career.
It seems as though Fernandes’ sessions kept him in shape as he scored on United’s return to football, in a 1-1 draw away to Tottenham Hotspur.