Bruno Fernandes has named Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta as one of his footballing role models, admitting to watching the midfielder in a bid to develop his own game.
The Manchester United midfielder has made an instant impact following his mid-season arrival from Sporting Lisbon, scoring three goals and providing a further four assists to establish himself as a fans’ favourite at Old Trafford.
Fernandes’ creativity has seen the midfielder quickly cement himself as a key figure in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, with the Portuguese international at the heart of United’s attacking play prior to the current suspension of the Premier League.
The 25-year-old has now revealed how he has attempted to model his game on former Barcelona great Iniesta, praising the Spaniard’s versatility and confidence to take risks when in possession.
“The one I liked to watch and follow was Iniesta, because Iniesta is a mix between an eight and a 10. It is a way I can do better, between eight and 10,” Fernandes said when asked who he has modelled his game on during a Q&A with United’s official website.
“It is the guy who always likes to have the ball, who always likes to take the risks, and I think Iniesta was one of the best in the world.
“For me, it was impressive how Iniesta finished his career without the Ballon d’Or [award]. With everything he won, it is difficult for me to understand.”