Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has likened January signing Bruno Fernandes to club legend Paul Scholes.
The high praise came just after his fourth appearance for the club — against Watford — as he scored one goal and registered too assists in front of the Old Trafford faithful.
His influence on the team was on full display this afternoon, three days after he came off the bench to have a fantastic cameo in the 1-1 draw against Club Brugge.
Speaking ahead of his side’s victory over Watford, meanwhile, Solskjaer was full of praise for his new playmaker.
During the pre-match press conference, the United boss compared Fernandes to a former teammate of his at Old Trafford:
‘He reminds me of Scholesy as a player,’ Solskjaer said, as quoted by GOAL.
However, Solskjaer was also quick to highlight a key difference between the pair.
‘But definitely a different type of personality off the pitch.’
‘Against Club Brugge, when he’s on the bench, he walks around, he speaks to the players who start, he helps them, he gives them points.’
‘And the 10 minutes he played you could see that there’s a difference in our team.’
Fernandes looked the real deal when he came on against Brugge, and, to be honest, he has looked a proper United player since he arrived from Sporting Lisbon.
Right now, ahead of next season, the scouts need to work hard at identifying a midfielder or two to sit in behind him. That’s what we need to see the very best of Fernandes.
The question for Solskjaer is does he build the team around the Portugal international? It’s early days yet.
The boss added: ‘He’s another conductor and leader and winner. He wants to win. He doesn’t take 99 per cent as good enough and he’s impressed me.’
‘That’s something you see when you watch him but you don’t know about until you have him in your group. He’s been top class.’