Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has hit the ground running since joining the club from Sporting Lisbon in the January transfer window. The Portuguese has three goals already and has added a creative spark to the team.
Fernandes impressed against Everton, netting his first effort from open play in the 1-1 draw.
After the match the 25-year-old was in demand as he carried out his media duties and on return to the dressing room he immediately worked with video analysts to look at his performance.
It was an example of Fernandes’ ambition and the sort of expectations he sets himself.
It is the kind of inspiration United wanted from Paul Pogba, according to the Manchester Evening News.
But the World Cup winner has been inconsistent since his return to Old Trafford from Juventus and his days now look numbered at the club.
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United saw Pogba as a player who could take them to the next level and replicate his performances for club like he performs for country but he has been unable to do so.
On the other hand, Fernandes has come in and immediately improved things in midfield, helping Solskjaer’s side to close the gap on Chelsea in fourth in the Premier League.
His team-mates have all been impressed by the impact he has made including the returning Eric Bailly.
He told the club’s website: “Bruno is a real talent, a pure talent. He was voted the best player in the Portuguese league in previous seasons and we’ve seen already the quality he’s brought.
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“Even though he’s not used to the Premier League we’ve already seen his quality and what he can do.
“They’ll just want to give their very best to the squad to help push us forward.”
United return to action tomorrow night when they take on Derby in the FA Cup fifth round (7.45pm).
The match sees Wayne Rooney facing his old side after he made the switch to the Championship outfit in January after a stint in the MLS.
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Ahead of the match Solskjaer has given an injury update and has ruled out four stars,
He said: “(Daniel James) he’ll probably miss out on this one as well, Marcus and Paul still out and I think Aaron might be struggling, got a test today but he struggled in our last game against Everton with his back, so he might be out.
“Paul’s still working with the physios outside and he won’t be training with the first-team until next week and then let’s see how long that will take, he will need some time to get his football fitness back.”
After the match against Derby, United take on Manchester City in a crunch derby on Sunday in the Premier League (4.30pm).
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