Diogo Dalot has backed Bruno Fernandes to help bring success to Manchester United following the midfielder’s ‘fantastic’ debut for the club against Wolves.
The Portuguese international only arrived at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon on Thursday evening but would make his first appearance in Manchester United colours during the goalless draw with Wolves on Saturday evening, completing a full 90 minutes and producing a solid debut display in English football.
Dalot admits the arrival of the £68m signing has been welcomed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad, and believes the 25-year-old will prove to be a valuable addition the United squad in the coming seasons.
“The players knew Bruno was a very good player of course,” Dalot said, as per Sky Sports.
“It’s different seeing him abroad and then seeing him in training every day. He’s going to bring us a lot.
“I knew him and I think he’s going to be a very good player for us and he’s going to help us build this team.”
Much will be expected of the former Sporting captain following his high profile move to the Premier League, though Dalot believes Fernandes has all the credentials to handle the expectations following his arrival.
Asked if Fernandes can cope with the pressure, Dalot added: “Yeah, he’s an experienced player. He played abroad a lot of years and you knew he could come here and do a great job.
“For me, it was not a surprise and I think that he is going to show us a lot more that he did today but it was a fantastic debut for him.”
Fernandes was arguably United’s biggest threat during the draw with Wolves and fans will have been keen to see their new signing in action for the first time, as the club seek additional goal threat in their pursuit of a top-four finish.
Having made a similar switch from Portuguese football just 18 months ago, Dalot says he is doing all he can to help his compatriot settle as he bids to hit the ground running in his new surroundings at Old Trafford.
“I had Portuguese coaches and staff when I came,” the right-back said, having been brought in by Jose Mourinho in 2018.
“They helped me a lot and when he came I try to do the same because he had a Portuguese guy, a player that he knew.
“I’m just trying to help him settle in with the whole team.”