Man Utd fans are elated over the arrival of Bruno Fernandes to the club. The Portuguese midfielder switched from Sporting at the end of a long-drawn and often frustrating transfer process that ran into two whole transfer windows.
However, now that he has been secured by the Red Devils, there is much hope that the 25-year-old will aid the club’s prospects in the Premier League and that his knack for scoring and creating goals will culminate in a top-four finish at the end of the campaign.
Fernandes clearly has a lot of familiar faces, with Diogo Dalot another Portuguese international to ply his trade at Old Trafford. Across the city, Man City midfielder Bernardo Silva is likewise a player for Portugal who was also welcoming of his compatriot to the Premier League.
In his first interview as a United player, Fernandes goes on to reveal the conversation he had with Silva, stating (via club’s official website) with a smile: “Yes, he texted me on Wednesday and said I was lucky I didn’t play against him! I told him the luck was with him because if I’d played against him I will punish him!”
Friendly banter and one that can transform into a great sporting competition, especially given their shared area of impact in the midfield.
In the same interview, Fernandes also spoke about the other two famous Portuguese players associated with United, Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo and specifically how much of an impact Ronaldo had in launching his interest in Manchester United.
Now, it is likely that the midfielder will get his much-awaited debut when the Red Devils face off against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday.
What will be interesting is in what way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer elects to use him and how much of a direct impact he’ll have on the results.