Paul Merson has lavished praise on Bruno Fernandes and explained why he’s ‘loved’ watching the midfielder since his arrival at Manchester United.
The Portuguese international has made a huge impression since his mid-season arrival from Sporting Lisbon, scoring three goals and providing a further four assists to instantly establish himself as a fans’ favourite at Old Trafford.
Fernandes’ signing had also led to an upturn in form for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side prior to the suspension of football amid the coronavirus fan, with Arsenal legend Merson amongst the 25-year-old’s admirers following his stunning start in English football.
Merson believes the midfielder has lifted the club since moving to the Premier League, and has praised the ‘outstanding’ Fernandes for his desire to always play forward passes.
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“What I like about him is that whenever he gets the ball, first he looks forward. He always wants to look for that forward pass,” Merson said on The Football Show.
“I always look at players, especially when they’re going to a massive club like Man Utd, and how they lift the club. You have to be a special player to go to a club with international footballers and lift other players along the way. I think that has happened.
“When you get players on the same wavelength, it’s a different situation. When you’re playing in front of 70,000 people, people have to remember that when you have a couple of bad passes, the name of the game is to keep on wanting the ball to make those passes.
“A lot of players hide, and sometimes don’t even realise it. With him, he doesn’t, he keeps getting it and giving it to people. They’re not 60 yard passes, he just gets it through the lines.
“I think he’s been outstanding, and I’ve loved watching him.”