Manchester United have benefited immensely from the addition of Bruno Fernandes to their roster. Such has been his instantaneous impact that most fans are now lamenting as to why the club waited until the winter transfer window to seal the deal when the saga was alive from the summer itself.
However, the intricacies of the deal reveal that it was much harder than meets the eye.
For Fernandes himself, it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who played a massive role in the move.
Answering questions on the club’s website, the Portuguese midfielder had this to say about the factors that made him say ‘yes’ to becoming a Red Devil: “For me, the most important was obviously the confidence of the coach. I need to know I am backed from the coach, because sometimes when you change club, not every time the coach wants you.
“Not like I need to come because the coach wants me to play, no, not like this, but I want to feel the confidence from the coach. You come, you are a choice for me and you come. I need you, I want you, it’s not like you come and I ask but I will play? No, this for me is not the point.
“For me, the point is the confidence he has in me. If he has confidence in me, then the rest is working. I need to work to conquer my place, to play, to keep going with games and games and games.”
This confidence aspect also speaks volumes about how impactful Solskjaer is as a coach.
When assigned the managerial role on a permanent basis, much doubt was put on the Norwegian. His lack of top-league experience and the ability to attract top names feature heavily in the criticism.
However, if Fernandes can be wooed thus, then who is to say which talent may next ply their trade at the Theatre of Dreams?