Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Bruno Fernandes to make Scott McTominay into a top-tier midfielder. Portugal international Fernandes has been in fine form since joining the Red Devils in the January transfer window.
The playmaker has netted three goals and chipped in with two assists in all competitions under Solskjaer.
Solskjaer has hailed Fernandes’ leadership sine his arrival from Sporting Lisbon.
And the United boss says Fernandes will be crucial in McTominay’s development at Old Trafford.
“Bruno can help Scott improve, definitely,” Solskjaer said.
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“Bruno is going to give us loads, definitely, and he is going to help the young kid.
“I wouldn’t call Scotty a kid, he is 23, but he is still learning the game.
“Bruno knows it inside out. He has been around, he’s travelled, he’s had his ups and downs.
“He has been in Italy, Portugal so he has learned to deal with setbacks, so he will help them all including Scotty.”
McTominay had been sidelined with a knee injury for two months, however, the Scotland international is back in the fold at United.
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And Solskjaer says McTominay will be back to his best in no time once he gets his match fitness back.
“Scott has been important for us but he needs games as well to get back to the level that he was at before he got injured,” he added.
“It takes time when you’ve been out for two months so he’s getting there, he has done remarkably well in his recovery and to be back so quickly, we are delighted.”
Solskjaer has been vocal on Fernandes’ impact, with the Norwegian claiming his new signing has brought standards up at United.
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“Bruno has come in as a leader and he has shown he is a leader,” Solskjaer said. “He is a winner. He does not take 99 percent as good enough.
“I like to see that in a player. He doesn’t change coming into a new team.
“He is the same as he was at Sporting and that is a boy with confidence, with quality and good form.
“That is his personality. He is allowed to be himself, everyone should be allowed to be themselves.”
United are back in action on Sunday afternoon in the Manchester derby against City.
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