United are close to getting to an arrangement with Sporting to authorize Fernandes in an offer which might be worth approximately ₤60 m and also he made his last look for the Portuguese side in Friday's derby with Benfica in Lisbon.
Head coach Silas sent out mixed signals after the game, stressing the club didn't want to sell Fernandes before claiming the 25-year-old "deserves" to be playing in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old, capped 19 times by Portugal, is ready to move to Old Trafford after talks that have involved agent Jorge Mendes, but is waiting for Sporting and United to find a compromise during the last 15 days of the January transfer window.
"We will try to keep him for more games, but it is not up to us".
And Silas admitted that can not say whether Fernandes will be in the team.
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Asked whether he believed Fernandes had played his last game for Sporting, Silas said: "I hope not". "We have to understand the ambition of the player, who prefers to play in a league superior to ours".
However, his pass completion rate was down at around 74% and the club had concerns about Fernandes' ability to retain possession in an infinitely more hard competition such as the Premier League. "I would prefer that he doesn't go", Silas told reporters.
"Bruno deserves a chance in such a league and it really is the best one".
Sporting's next match is a cup-semi final against Braga on Tuesday and Fernandes appeared to say goodbye to fans as he captained them in the home defeat to Benfica.
"I am going to prepare for the game with Bruno but from then on I don't know what will happen".