Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he has been left impressed by the attitude and application of new midfield signing Bruno Fernandes and has likened the player to club legend Paul Scholes.
“He reminds me of Scholesy as a player on the field – but he’s definitely a different type of personality off the pitch!” the Red Devils boss said of the 25-year-old, as quoted by the Mirror.
“Like Paul, he’s another conductor, a leader and a winner. He wants to win and he doesn’t take 99 per cent as good enough – that’s really impressed me.
“That’s something you see when you watch him but you don’t really know about until you have him in your group. He’s been absolutely top class.”
“It’s because he wants to win,” Ole added on the player’s leadership on the pitch.
“But he does it the right way and encourages those around him as well.
“Even though he was on the bench against Bruges he was walking around speaking to the players who start, he helps them, he gives them points. I’ve been very impressed by him.
“And the 10 minutes he played in Belgium at the end of the game when we needed some calmness and composure you could say immediately that there was a difference in our team.”
The Portugal international made the switch from Sporting Lisbon to Old Trafford during the winter transfer window. He’s made three appearances so far, including his substitute cameo in Thursday’s Europa League draw at Club Brugge.
The 25-year-old is likely to return to the United starting XI when the Red Devils host Watford in the Premier League on Sunday.