Bryan Robson believes Bruno Fernandes is a natural leader and has discussed the qualities he has been impressed by since the midfielder’s arrival at Manchester United.
Fernandes has made a huge impression in English football since his mid-season arrival from Sporting Lisbon, scoring three goals and providing a further four assists in just nine appearances in all competitions.
The Portuguese international’s signing has also coincided with an upturn in form for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, Manchester United unbeaten across 11 games in all competitions prior to the suspension of top level football amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Former Red Devils’ captain Robson has been impressed by the 25-year-old at Old Trafford, praising the midfielder’s ‘natural leadership’ after making an instant impact in his new surroundings.
“I think it’s been a terrific impact and the first signs are he looks like a top player,” Robson told MUTV. “He is always on the move, always wanting the ball, has got a great touch and makes double movements, a bit like Scholesy used to do.
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“It’s where you go one way and come back and you’ve got a couple of yards of space, so he can get on the ball in that way. His energy levels and pace looks really good and he has showed he can hit a pass and score goals. So the initial period where he’s been at the club looks great. Great signs. He just needs to work on his heading ability!
“I’ve already seen him around the training camp and he gets on really well with the boys, seeing as he’s only been here a couple of months. What I do like to see when he’s on the pitch is, even though he’s a forward-minded player, he’s already swivelling and looking on his shoulder, demanding of his team-mates.
“He’s telling people to push in and have them where he wants them, which is great. We needed a bit of that because, no matter what you say about some of our other players, who are really good, I still feel they can all get better in demanding from their team-mates and getting them into the positions you want them in. I see Bruno does that, so that’s great. It means the team shape is going to be good most of the time, when you’ve got players demanding from their team-mates.”
“I think it helps that he was captain at Sporting,” Robson added. “I just think it’s something that is naturally in you. Bruno looks as though he has got that natural leadership quality, where he demands from his team-mates and that’s good. I can see it in Harry Maguire, since he was made captain, it’s coming out in him and he’s organising the people around him.
“I think Victor Lindelof is another one who is improving on that side and they’re organising the people around them. For Bruno, being an attack-minded player, to be doing that is a great attribute for the team as well as the ability he has got.”