LONDON – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has saluted “brilliant” Bruno Fernandes’ impact in his first year at Manchester United.
Saturday marks the primary anniversary of the Portugal midfielder’s arrival from Sporting Lisbon.
Nobody has scored extra for a Premier League membership than Fernandes since his debut in January 2020.
He has bagged 28 objectives in all competitions and offered 17 assists to rework United from underachievers into Premier League title contenders.
The 26-year-old noticed off Liverpool with an excellent free-kick in final weekend’s FA Cup fourth spherical conflict and can flip his consideration to retaining United within the title hunt after they face Arsenal on Saturday.
“Brilliant,” Solskjaer mentioned of Fernandes’ impact.
“From day one he’s come in and wanted to affect the environment, the playing environment, the staff. He’s been a great addition.
“He’s such a humble human being, working laborious and I believe everybody has seen what he is achieved on the pitch.
“Very pleased with his first year and long may it continue. The higher up in the league, the more pressure there will be on us and on him.
“Now the limelight is on him however I’m positive he’ll deal with that stress advantageous.
“He’s got his opinion, he’s a winner. He’s not just going to let a game pass away and talk about it after. He wants to affect it there and then.
“He’s so obsessed with successful and he is aware of his soccer, he is aware of his stuff. He watches each single recreation there may be on telly, particularly the large video games.
“And if you ask him ‘did you watch that last night?’ he’s always seen the game, so he’s going to make the most of his career, that’s for sure.”
Solskjaer has been impressed by the single-minded focus of Fernandes, whose transformative impact on United has been likened to that of French ahead Eric Cantona within the Nineteen Nineties.
“Bruno has come in and helped the team, no doubt about that,” the United boss mentioned.
“He’s come in at a time when we needed his type of player and Bruno came into a team that makes his attributes and skills come to fruition.
“He’s come to a staff that fits him and he fits the staff, in order that goes hand in hand.
“If the players don’t run, Bruno can’t play his passes. If Bruno doesn’t play his passes, the players can’t run.
“He’s a part of a sequence right here and I’m positive that Bruno will say that he additionally appreciates his team-mates and that they assist him via video games.”