Bruno Fernandes having same impact at United as Cantona and Van Persie, says Giggs

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has spoke highly of Bruno Fernandes as the players returned to training ahead of the Premier League’s restart.

The Portuguese midfielder — nicknamed our Portuguese Magnifico — only arrived at Old Trafford in January but has hit the ground running and instantly looked like the perfect addition for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

Unfortunately for Fernandes, the season was brought to a halt due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis but hopefully it will be safe to resume action soon.

Talks of a restart are constant between the top flight clubs and the Premier League itself, but the players are back with their clubs training in small groups in anticipation of a similar situation to how the Bundesliga is back once again.

Giggs believes the impact of Fernandes is similar to that of Eric Cantona and Robin van Persie.

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Fernandes scored two Premier League goals as well as registering three assists in just five matches.

“It was a shame we had to pause the season because we were flying,” Giggs said as quoted by the Daily Star.

“Ole started his management with United flying, then had a tough spell, and then we were on a good run. But the players he’s got in have been really impressive.

“They’ve improved the team and the dressing room and obviously, in Fernandes, we’ve seen over the years the effect one player can sometimes have.

“You talk about the Cantonas, the Van Persies… and I’m not comparing him yet to them but he’s made other players play better and he’s given everyone a lift.”

Fernandes won the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for February — and BBC Sport named him in their Team of the Season.

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