Manchester United Football Club were forced into making a couple of signings in the January transfer window. Odion Ighalo has made an underrated impact, as his goals and overall presence up top has offered Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a different dimension.
However, signing Bruno Fernandes for £47m, potentially rising to £67m (BBC) feels like an absolute bargain. I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest that the Portuguese has, almost single-handedly, turned our fortunes around due to his incredible influence.
Goals, assists, an on-field presence, creativity and leadership. The Portuguese has been here just a couple of months and he’s already amongst the best players in the country.
Right now, compliments are coming from all quarters and rightly so. However, it doesn’t come better than when it comes from an absolute United legend in the form of Bryan Robson. Captain Marvel, while speaking to MUTV, heaped the praise on the £47million Reds star who reminds him of Paul Scholes:
“He is always on the move, always wanting the ball, has got a great touch and makes double movements, a bit like Scholesy used to do.
“It’s where you go one way and come back and you’ve got a couple of yards of space, so he can get on the ball in that way.
“His energy levels and pace looks really good and he has showed he can hit a pass and score goals. So the initial period where he’s been at the club looks great. Great signs.
“I’ve already seen him around the training camp and he gets on really well with the boys, seeing as he’s only been here a couple of months.
“What I do like to see when he’s on the pitch is, even though he’s a forward-minded player, he’s already swivelling and looking on his shoulder, demanding of his team-mates.”
What Fernandes has done is just unbelievable. We all expected to see some quality performances from the Portuguese, but nobody expected him to hit the ground running quite like this.
We’re talking about someone who has it all. The best part about it? Fernandes is only 25. He’s only going to get better as he continues to learn how to play in England with his new teammates. Dare I say that next term, he’ll be even better.
For now, it’s all about staying calm in amid this global pandemic that’s wreaking havoc across the whole country. No doubt Fernandes is putting in the work despite being in self-quarantine. But when play resumes, we’re going to need him to be at his absolute best.