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McTominay admits Fernandes and Ighalo have made good ‘first impressions’ at Manchester United

Scott McTominay says Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo have made good ‘first impressions’ at Manchester United and is hopeful the new arrivals can ‘bring a lot’ to the side.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer strengthened his options during the January transfer window with the capture of Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon, the midfielder arriving in a big-money deal and enjoying a promising debut during the club’s goalless draw with Wolves last weekend.

Ighalo would also arrive and become the club’s second signing of the winter window after arriving in a dramatic deadline day deal, the Nigerian international arriving from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua on a loan deal until the end of the season, taking a pay-cut in order to complete a dream move to his boyhood side.

McTominay has been discussing how the duo have settled since their arrivals in the Premier League, and has been pleased with what he has seen from the new additions, who he hopes can provide valuable contributions in the club’s pursuit of a top four finish and Champions League qualification.

“They’re really, really nice guys,” McTominay said at an event for the ‘Heads Up’ mental health initiative.

“First and foremost they are good people and that’s what we need at this football club. We need good friends, who you can go out to dinner with.

“What they bring onto the football pitch – we’ve seen that. Hopefully they can bring a lot for us. First impressions are very good.”

McTominay currently remains sidelined with a knee injury and hasn’t featured since the win over Newcastle on Boxing Day, though the Scotland international says is is ‘feeling good’ as he continues his recovery and is hopeful of returning to first-team action as soon as possible.

“I’m feeling good,” he added. “I’m doing my best to be back on the pitch as soon as I possibly can. The gym work is tough, the running outside is tough. You just have to do your best.”

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