Bruno Fernandes is certainly making an impression at Manchester United behind the scenes already.
Dan James, Scott McTominay and Diogo Dalot are among the players to have praised the new signing this week during the club’s winter break trip to Spain.
Now it is manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s turn to have his say, and he is clearly thrilled to have the Portugal international on board.
Solskjaer praised Fernandes’ intelligence, saying it marks him ahead of his peers.
The United boss told the club’s official website: “He is a very, very good footballer and his brain is obviously quicker than many others. He has got loads of attributes that we are going to get used to. We will get used to him and he will get used to us.
“His passing range, his deliveries, his movements, I am just pleased to see him here enjoying himself. He trains and he trains and he trains, so his fitness levels and enthusiasm is brilliant.”
Barely got started
There is a sense of confidence at United right now that the club have signed a gem. It made the decision last summer to skip on him look so bemusing.
He’s a clear upgrade on United’s current options, and while Solskjaer’s comments about Fernandes’ intelligence are ambiguous as to whether he’s comparing him to his teammates, or footballers in general, it’s great to see the new signing has made a positive early impression.
Fernandes has just 90 minutes under his belt so far for United, and he will be keen to quickly add to that.
He is a near certain starter against Chelsea on Monday, and then probably in the Europa League against Club Brugge days later.
It’s important to stress Fernandes is not an instant saviour for United’s problems, but he’s a help. Once he is able to link up next season with whoever the club sign in the summer, we will really see the best of him and what he can do.
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