Alan Shearer names the player that made the difference for Manchester United this season

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Alan Shearer has hailed Bruno Fernandes for his impact at Manchester United that helped secure Champions League football on the final day of the Premier League season.

The 2019-20 campaign was a tale of two halves for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, with the club’s form improving significantly after Fernandes’ arrival from Sporting Lisbon in the January transfer window.

With eight goals and seven assists in the league since his arrival, the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer Shearer referred to Portuguese as the catalyst behind the Red devils top-four finish.

“They signed him in January, made his debut in February,” Shearer said.

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“He stepped up for the penalty (against Leicester) with the unique style of his and tucked it away with great confidence.

“He’s made the difference. They were predictable before he came. Eight goals, seven assists since his time there and he’s able to unlock the door with his passes.

“When people get men behind the ball or teams get men behind the ball, he can fizz a pass in for one of the forwards. He’s trying things, he’s willing to take a chance and willing to take a gamble by trying to find that killer pass so he’s going to give it away on occasions.

“I’ve said it before, he makes the forwards ahead of him better players because of that.”