Ian Wright believes Bruno Fernandes is the sole reason Manchester United could make an improbable Premier League title charge this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are level on points with Liverpool at the league’s summit and will find themselves in first if they avoid defeated in their game in hand against Burnley next Tuesday.
It’s been an unlikely rise but United are now unbeaten in ten league games and have capitalised on the inconsistencies of their domestic rivals.
Fernandes has been totemic in United’s resurgence and Wright has waxed lyrical about the Portuguese playmaker, highlighting his almost incomparable impact since his arrival at the club twelve months ago.
“Bruno Fernandes may easily have the biggest impact I’ve seen of any player that’s signed for any team in the short space of time on a club of that size,” he said on Wrighty’s House, as quoted by the Metro.
“The reason why Manchester United are where they are, for me, is purely down to Bruno Fernandes and what he brings to that team.
“What I love about him, when you watch him you can see he’s already had a look and when the ball comes into him he flicks it off into space and someone is running into oceans of space.
“People are trying to get close to him, he might take a touch, bam and someone is away.
“Against Leeds it was a masterclass in his movement and touch. He dragged people all over the place, dragged Kalvin Phillips all over the place.
“It was a beautiful thing to watch. He has had one the biggest impacts I’ve seen anyone have in the Premier League that’s not a striker.”
Fernandes has made such a profound impact at Old Trafford that it is no longer irreverent to compare his influence to that of Eric Cantona.
He has lifted the spirits and the fortunes of United with his quality on and off the pitch and an unequivocal desire for success.
Solskjaer will be hoping Fernandes can again prove instrumental as he bids to make his first final as United manager with a Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Man City this evening.
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