Manchester United are making “significant progress” because their recruitment has improved of late, according to Gary Lineker.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men picked up a crucial 2-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday, with goals from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay ensuring they completed a league double over their bitter rivals.
The Red Devils are in a rich vein of form right now, avoiding defeat in the Premier League since their 2-0 slip-up at home to Burnley on January 22.
And much of their recent success has come down to the impressive early form of January recruits Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo.
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The two new signings have already chipped in with six goals between them since arriving in the winter transfer window, helping United keep the pressure on top-four rivals Leicester and Chelsea.
Match of the Day host Lineker believes an improvement in recruitment explains why Solskjaer’s side have performed so well in recent weeks.
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“Very good performance by @ManUtd,” he said on Twitter yesterday.
“They’re definitely making significant progress despite what the doom and gloom merchants may say.
“Recruitment has massively improved of late.”
While Ighalo has done well to chip in with some goals, it is Fernandes who has impressed most since joining United in January.
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There were high expectations on the Portuguese midfielder’s shoulders when he arrived at Old Trafford, having commanded a £67m transfer fee in his switch from Sporting Lisbon.
And according to BBC pundit Garth Crooks, United have another Bryan Robson on their hands in Fernandes.
He said: “Fred, who finally looks like a United player, and the rejuvenated Nemanja Matic are becoming a formidable double act in midfield but without Bruno Fernandes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are nothing.
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“This player has the running power of Bryan Robson – demonstrated when he dashed half the length of the pitch and put himself in an ideal position only to be ignored by Daniel James – and the touch of former Netherlands maestro Arnold Muhren.
“His chip for Martial to score from the set piece was so precise and beautifully flighted I could have scored it myself.
“I think United have bought a gem.”
- Gary Lineker
- Manchester United FC
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