Neville names Fernandes in all-time best United foreign XI

It’s getting tougher and tougher to find new things to say about how good Bruno Fernandes is.

The Portuguese playmaker captained Manchester United for the first time on Tuesday night, spearheading that famous 2-1 win in Paris.

Someone who has seen his fair share of quality United players is Gary Neville.

The Sky Sports pundit knows what it takes to shine at Old Trafford and has ranked Bruno alongside the best foreign players United have ever had.

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Neville was asked on Twitter to name his ultimate United eleven excluding British and Irish players.

There were some stellar names in there and Neville feels Bruno has shown enough in under a year in a red shirt to merit a place in that hypothetical team.

He was joined by countryman Cristiano Ronaldo in an incredibly attack-minded lineup.

It’s clear for all to see the impact Fernandes has had on the current United side, but Neville has taken the praise a step further.

He clearly feels Bruno stands comparison with United greats of any era, which is an outstanding accolade for a player who only made his debut in February.

The struggles of the man Fernandes ‘partners’ in this team, Juan Sebastian Veron at Old Trafford underlines that supreme talent alone isn’t enough to shine at the world’s biggest club.

Fernandes has shown the attitude required to shine in a way too few of United’s signings in the post-Ferguson era have so far.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope the Paris Saint-Germain win can be a springboard for a strong run of form, and Fernandes will be central to any success United do have this term.

Neville has underlined he would have fitted in during any Old Trafford era, which is high praise indeed.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.