Jamie Redknapp believes Bruno Fernandes has already shown signs of being a leader in the Manchester United squad in his first few weeks at the club. The midfielder was United’s clear top target in the January transfer window and they eventually got a deal over the line just days before the deadline.
And United haven’t looked back since Fernandes’ debut, with the 25-year-old hitting the floor running from the get-go.
The Red Devils are unbeaten in the seven games Fernandes has played with the midfielder finding the net three times as well as providing two assists.
His influence on the United squad has been clear for all to see with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on the verge of breaking into the top four.
There are a number of teams in the hunt for that final Champions League qualifying spot.
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Fernandes may well prove to be key and Redknapp has already seen signs of a natural-born leader from the January signing.
“The Bruno Fernandes signing has been huge for the club, sometimes it can just take one player to change the feeling, the way they train,” Redknapp said on a Sky Sports podcast.
“I love his attitude. He dictates the pace of the game.
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“And when you see him live you see a player who can pull the strings.
“He’s not gone in there and taken it easy, straight away he’s gone in and he’s organising.
“To a certain extent he’s like the manager on the pitch. And that’s what you want – somebody who can run a game for you.
“Ole must be so happy with that signing, considering they nearly didn’t sign him.
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“They were umming and ahhing over the fee but he looks quite cheap now.”
United are back in action today at home to arch rivals City aiming to complete the league double over Pep Guardiola’s side for the first time since 2016.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were on the scoresheet back then in the win at the Etihad.
But the England international will be unavailable this time around with Rashford continuing to recover from a back injury.
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