Bruno Fernandes’ impact for Manchester United can perhaps never be understated. When the win record and raw statistics cease painting a largely favorable picture of the Portuguese midfielder, it is in his antics with the rest of his teammates that one can view his more redeeming qualities.
Now we have an instance of yet another catalyzing influence that Fernandes had in bringing out the best in his teammate.
Fred has had a great season with the Red Devils, when compared to his early days at the outfit when he had seemed destined to be a flop.
Arguably, one of his most effective games came in the Europa League earlier this campaign when his brace led United to a thumping 5-0 victory over Club Brugge.
Now, the Brazilian midfielder reveals how Fernandes had a role to play in inspiring the same.
Speaking to Esporte Interativo (via the Metro), Fred narrated how he and his teammates were watching reruns of old United games prior to the Brugge match.
Amongst these were the heroics of Paul Scholes and how the legendary midfielder had a knack of getting into the box and netting several goals.
Fred went on to state: “And then Bruno said, “See? You have to do that. Enter the box and you’ll score”.”
Sure enough, he was an absolute delight in that fixture. Explaining his celebration on the pitch, he adds: “Then I went and scored two goals in that game. That’s why Bruno celebrated a lot, he was on the bench. I watched his videos and said, “Man, what a great player”.”
With Premier League football on the cusp of returning, fans will be eager to see how Fernandes will continue to affect the roster.