Players Reaction To Bruno Fernandes Joining Manchester United

Man City's Bernardo Silva celebrates scoring their third goal.

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Manchester United took a massive and much-awaited step to their rebuild when they secured Bruno Fernandes from Sporting. The move for the 25-year-old attacking midfielder cost the Red Devils €55 million up-front in addition to performance-based add-ons down the line.

It goes without saying that United have acquired a significant player in Fernandes and that the club’s fortunes are in great hands going forward, especially if the midfielder can ape the goal creation and scoring numbers he has enjoyed since the 2017/18 season.

Such has been the anticipation surrounding his arrival that several players have reacted to his addition to the Premier League.

In perhaps a surprising move, Man City midfielder Bernardo Silva reacted to the Fernandes transfer, stating (via Portuguese outlet A Bola): “I’m very happy for him. It’s a big step for his career, which he deserves. He’s going to play for one of the best clubs in the world. We’re going to be rivals but I wish him the best, apart from against us, obviously.”

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He goes on to add quite amicably: “I’m pleased he’ll be in Manchester and I hope we can go out to dinner from time to time. Changing country is always difficult, but it’s not Bruno’s first experience abroad and with the quality he has he’ll adapt well.”

Good class from Silva, whose position as one of the League’s more creative players will be challenged by the arrival of Fernandes.

Likewise, United players were also eager to welcome their newest member, with Diogo Dalot choosing to sport the shared roots while Marcus Rashford was curt in his welcome.

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It is evident that Rashford, in particular, will be more than eager to return to peak fitness and play alongside Fernandes, especially given the latter’s proven knack for assisting goals and creating dangerous pieces of play using his deft passes.