Solskjaer showers more praise on Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes has been Man of the Match in all three of the Manchester United matches he has started so far.

He looks intent on dragging United up to his level and his qualities are certainly appreciated by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Speaking ahead of the second leg against Club Brugge in the Europa League, Solskjaer was full of praise for the Portuguese midfielder.

Fernandes is already a fan favourite and Solskjaer feels there is plenty more to come from the Portuguese.

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What did Solskjaer say?

As per Manchester Evening News, Solskjaer said: “We feel we’ve added some X-factor and quality with Bruno, definitely.

“The addition of Bruno gives us that little bit of different flavour, he’s a player who likes to play penetrative, forward passes, likes to take risks, which a Man United player should do.

“His imagination, his overview and his picture is a couple of seconds ahead of many players, and that’s one of his strengths, knowing what to do when he gets it. That composure has been important as well for us.

“Bruno will only improve by coming here to a stronger league, opponents and teammates, getting used to us. We want to develop that X-factor. We don’t want to put a limit on what he can do.”

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Gauntlet laid down to team-mates to improve

United have signed a host of different players since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and Fernandes is not the first to be lumbered with the pressure of turning the club around.

But all of them have eventually slipped down to the level of their team-mates, succumbing to the culture of mediocrity which has engulfed the club for the better part of a decade.

The most encouraging early sign with Fernandes is that he looks determined to drag the team up to his level.

That lays down the gauntlet to his team-mates to improve to make the most of having Fernandes in the side.

Solskjaer is right to be excited about how his new midfielder can develop.

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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.