Rio Ferdinand has been taken aback by the start Bruno Fernandes has made to his Manchester United career and believes the Portugal international is already having a positive impact on several of his new teammates.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced to remain patient with United having to wait until late in the January window to sign a player they had coveted since the summer.
The wait, however, has certainly been worth it with the creative midfielder making an instant impact and scoring from the penalty spot in successive matches.
Juan Mata, in particular, appears to have benefited from the presence of another like-minded creative player. The pair dovetailed superbly in midweek to help Odion Ighalo open his goalscoring account for the club and Ferdinand hopes there is more to come.
‘He’s come in and he’s been a breath of fresh air,’ the former United defender said on his YouTube channel. ‘There’s no heirs and graces and he looks like he’s come in and is someone who wants to play football and enjoys his football.
‘He’s somebody who is going to have an impact and have an influence on other people it seems. He’s come in and I’m seeing improvements in other people’s performances.
‘Mata for one, him and Mata have linked up very well. He plays the ball in to people, his awareness of space and people around him is phenomenal.
‘It’s still early days, we can’t say he’s the saviour, but where we are now he’s scored two back to back penalties, but more importantly it’s been his performances, how he’s carefree, his imagination.
‘The pass to Mata for the Ighalo goal where he’s faked a couple of times and then dinked it to the back post, you can tell he’s a bit different, he’s not the same as everyone else. I’m delighted to see that.’
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