Gary Neville gives his verdict on Manchester United signing Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United confirmed yesterday that a deal is in place to sign Bruno Fernandes.

This was the deal we wanted last summer and while it has been frustrating to wait so long, we are delighted he is finally almost here.

Fernandes will eventually become United’s first choice attacking midfielder, but perhaps we should not expect miracles straight away.

Former United captain Gary Neville gave his reaction last night to Sky Sports’ coverage of the derby, speaking pre-game.

He believes Fernandes may take a bit of time to adjust, and says that expectations should not be too high.

The challenge is for fans to try and temper expectations, but that won’t be easy considering the team’s need for Fernandes, and the fact he is the first midfielder the club have signed since 2018.

Neville said: “I’ve not got huge expectations of Bruno Fernandes in terms of this next few months.

“I think it’ll take him a little time in England to settle in. He’ll need some time.

“But they’ve got a good, quality player into the building. Ultimately we shouldn’t be sat here thinking he’s going to be amazing straight away.

“Obviously it’s very difficult to hit the ground running in the January transfer.”

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Quick start?

It is possible, that Fernandes could be thrown straight in for United against Wolves this Saturday.

Most likely is that he is on the bench rather than starting, and he will receive a rapturous reception when he comes on.

If he makes a positive impact on the game, it will make everything thereafter a lot easier, but we should hope rather than expect.

Should Fernandes not feature against Wolves, he could make his debut away against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after the winter break in mid-February.

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