And that would certainly help United in negotiations as they look to keep a fee for Fernandes as low as possible.
The box-to-box midfielder, who boasts 15 goals and 13 assists this term off the back of 32 strikes and 18 set-ups last season, is keen on a move to Old Trafford.
But United are looking to negotiate a deal in the region of £50million, while Sporting push for closer to £65m as they seek to solve financial troubles.
Mais Futebol claim there is no agreement in place just yet but that talks will continue as they look to reach a deal.
United are said to be determined to include players in the deal on loan, but that their big wages are proving an issue for Sporting.
One thing going for United is that they have already agreed personal terms with Portugal international Fernandes.