Bruno Fernandes has been dazzling everybody inside and outside of the club with his impressive start at Manchester United.
The Portuguese international has provided two assists and scored once in three starts.
United have won both matches he has started in the Premier League since the winter break and his performances are rightly winning praise from pundits and fans alike.
The £47 million initial outlay already looks like a bargain and the only complaint is that United did not sign the attacking midfielder sooner.
Two things Fernandes has done early in his time at Old Trafford has highlighted him as an elite talent who United were fortunate to sign.
Moving leagues and countries is so difficult for players and even very good footballers have struggled to make the transition at all.
Some like Fred need a whole season to adjust before finally showing their quality on a consistent basis.
Fernandes has needed no time at all. In his debut against Wolves he was voted as United’s man-of-the-match.
Against Chelsea he created three chances, had one assist and hit the post, and against Watford on Sunday he made four key passes, scored once and provided one assist.
The very best players are able to just turn it on instantly, and that’s not a knock against those who take time to adjust, it just shows how good Fernandes really is.
He is making players around him better
Fernandes is not just playing well because he has good players with him. It is the reverse. He is making his new teammates better.
His first early impact was showing his leadership qualities. He gives his teammates instructions, takes responsibility, and relieves some of the pressure on younger players in the team.
His set piece quality has been badly missed, with Harry Maguire finally scoring a header from a Fernandes corner against Chelsea.
Fernandes has linked up so well with Anthony Martial too and appear to enjoy playing together.
Both Mason Greenwood and Dan James showed improvements in their games against Watford thanks to Fernandes’ direct play.
Fernandes’ run into the box against Watford gave a midfield runner for James to pick a pass to and the Portuguese star won a penalty which he scored.
Greenwood benefitted from a Fernandes assist for his goal and it is a combination which is likely to repeat countless times over the futures of their careers at Old Trafford.
The attacking players in United’s team needed a player like Fernandes to help them reach their potential, and while they are just getting started with him, the early signs are positive.
Very few players in the Premier League are capable of having the same effect Fernandes has brought to the team. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is should rightly be delighted with his new signing.
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