Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise on Bruno Fernandes with the Portugal midfielder making an immediate impact at Manchester United.
Fernandes made his debut at Old Trafford in the drab 0-0 draw against Wolves before the maiden winter break. Without providing the decisive moment in that game, Fernandes showed glimpses of what is yet to come.
The 25-year-old has travelled with the rest of Solskjaer’s squad to Marbella as they take advantage of the mid-season break with a warm weather training camp.
United’s players appear to be having a great time in southern Spain as they prepare for a big test against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next week.
And Solskjaer has lauded Fernandes for his quality but also his dedication in training sessions.
“Well, overall, he is a very, very good footballer and his brain is obviously quicker than many others,” the United boss told the club’s official website.
“He has got loads of attributes that we are going to get used to. We will get used to him and he will get used to us. His passing range, his deliveries, his movements, I am just pleased to see him here enjoying himself. Yeah, he trains and he trains and he trains, so his fitness levels and enthusiasm is brilliant.”
It will be interesting to see where Solskjaer will deploy Fernandes, particularly with Scott McTominay closing on a return to action.
McTominay was United’s best midfielder this season before sustaining a knee ligament injury on Boxing Day. The Scottish international’s return could see him partner Fred in a midfield double pivot, with Fernandes operating furthest forward in attacking midfield.
We feel this would provide a platform that gives United an attacking threat, with Fernandes’ quality most effectively utilised in attacking areas.
— Bruno Fernandes (@B_Fernandes8) February 10, 2020