Scott McTominay has been discussing the impact of ‘born winner’ Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United and says the midfielder has been a ‘breath of fresh air’ at the club.
The Portuguese international has starred since his mid-season arrival from Sporting Lisbon, scoring three goals and providing a further three assists in seven appearances – including a brilliantly improvised free-kick to assist Anthony Martial during last weekend’s derby day victory over Manchester City.
Fernandes’ arrival has coincided with an upturn of form for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, Manchester United currently unbeaten in ten fixtures in all competitions ahead of this evening’s Europa League last 16 first leg against LASK.
McTominay has been discussing the influence of the 25-year-old in recent weeks, hailing Fernandes as a ‘born winner’, but revealed the playmaker can be ‘very demanding’ when it comes to receiving the ball.
🇵🇹 Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in 5⃣ of Manchester United’s 8⃣ Premier League goals since he joined the club.
️⚽️ 2 goals
🅰 3 assists
What a signing. 🔥pic.twitter.com/kcquGy2knh
— TEAMtalk (@TEAMtalk) March 9, 2020
“Yeah, obviously you see with Bruno, he’s come in and he’s a born winner straightaway,” McTominay told the media at the pre-match press conference.
“You see that in training as well. He’s willing to take the ball, to receive the ball in any situation and obviously play the killer pass, which is what we need as a team. We need that creativity, we need that spark from somebody and I feel like he’s come in and had an amazing start. I can’t give him enough credit for the way he has started his career here.
“Obviously for me, he’s demanding, he’s very demanding because he’s a number 10 who wants the ball so you have to give him the ball and if you don’t then you can be in a little bit of trouble!
“But no, he’s been a breath of fresh air and I’m sure the manager would reiterate that as well with the way he’s come in and interacted with the group perfectly.
“Obviously he’s got a personality and that’s what this football club needs, footballers who play for Manchester United need to have that personality on the pitch and he has that in abundance so it’s a real credit.”