Michael Carrick has discussed the qualities he admires in new signing Bruno Fernandes and believes the Manchester United midfielder has settled in quickly at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese international arrived as the Man Utd‘s marquee addition of the winter window, joining from Sporting Lisbon in a deal which could rise as high as £68m, before making a promising debut in the club’s goalless draw with Wolves prior to the mid-season break.
Fernandes developed a reputation as a prolific goalscorer and creator from midfield during his time in the Portuguese capital, and the club will be hopeful he can make an immediate impact having enjoyed what Carrick described as a ‘seamless’ transition into life at the club thus far.
“Yeah, he feels at home in this weather!” Carrick said in an interview with the Man Utd website from their training camp in Marbella. “It’s what he’s used to, but yeah he’s settled in really well.
“He’s an intelligent, smart lad and speaks great English so it’s been pretty seamless so far.
“There’s plenty of Portuguese-speaking [players] anyway. But he’s fine, he’s settled in really well and he’ll just be looking to get games under his belt now and improve as time goes on.”
Fernandes will be tasked with bringing creativity and an additional goal threat to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield, and Carrick was full of praise for the 25-year-old’s ‘composure and quality on the ball’ when asked what he admires most about the club’s new signing.
“There’s so much to talk about, really,” the United coach said. “I think the main thing is his composure and quality on the ball. He sees a pass, he looks to play the pass and he can score goals.
“But it’s more that composure, understanding of the game and game intelligence really that I like the most about him, and I’m sure we’ll see plenty of that.”