Bryan Robson has identified how Bruno Fernandes is similar to Manchester United midfield great Paul Scholes.
The former United captain thinks the Portuguese star is displaying traits shared with those of Scholes, arguably the greatest central midfielder of his generation.
Many United fans had implored the club to sign Fernandes as early as last summer, and the necessity to agree a deal with Sporting Lisbon was underlined by the creative struggles in the early months of this season.
And since he has arrived, Fernandes’ impact has been monumental.
The 25-year-old has revitalised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side into a potent attacking threat, with turgid, uninspired football a distant memory with the number 10 in the team.
His quality and vision has also brought out the best in his United team mates with Solskjaer’s men going on their best run of the season, largely as a result of the boost his addition has brought the club.
Robson believes Fernandes is showing great signs and has praised a number of assets to his game.
“He is always on the move, always wanting the ball, has got a great touch and makes double movements, a bit like Scholesy used to do.
“It’s where you go one way and come back and you’ve got a couple of yards of space, so he can get on the ball in that way.
“His energy levels and pace looks really good and he has showed he can hit a pass and score goals. So the initial period where he’s been at the club looks great. Great signs.
“I’ve already seen him around the training camp and he gets on really well with the boys, seeing as he’s only been here a couple of months.
“What I do like to see when he’s on the pitch is, even though he’s a forward-minded player, he’s already swivelling and looking on his shoulder, demanding of his team-mates.”
Being compared to Scholes just two months into your Manchester United career is some praise and it’s very easy for fans to get carried away with such a talent. Fernandes has won the club’s player of the month awards for both February and March.
We hope Fernandes can continue his fine form when football eventually returns and drive the Reds into a Champions League position.
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