Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that new Manchester United signing Bruno Fernandes reminds him of his former teammate, Paul Scholes, describing the Portuguese as ‘absolutely top class’.
Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon last month, and has already shown glimpses of his creative qualities in his three outings in a Manchester United shirt.
Speaking about the 25-year-old, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he has been ‘really impressed’ with the midfielder’s winning mentality, while likening his qualities to Red Devils legend and former teammate, Paul Scholes.
“He reminds me of Scholesy as a player on the field – but he’s definitely a different type of personality off the pitch!” said Solskjaer, as per the Mirror.
Bruno Fernandes vs Club Brugge:
100% pass accuracy
5 final third passes
2 passes into the box
1 foul suffered
He came on after 80 minutes. 😳 pic.twitter.com/rjBgcXuIZM
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“Like Paul, he’s another conductor, a leader and a winner. He wants to win and he doesn’t take 99 per cent as good enough – that’s really impressed me.
“That’s something you see when you watch him but you don’t really know about until you have him in your group. He’s been absolutely top class.”
Fernandes was left on the bench for United’s midweek draw with Club Brugge, though made an instant impact following his 81st minute introduction, and Solskjaer was clearly impressed with the midfielder’s leadership both on and off the field.
“It’s because he wants to win,” Solskjaer added. “But he does it the right way and encourages those around him as well.
“Even though he was on the bench against Brugge he was walking around speaking to the players who start, he helps them, he gives them points. I’ve been very impressed by him.
“And the 10 minutes he played in Belgium at the end of the game when we needed some calmness and composure you could say immediately that there was a difference in our team.”