OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER may finally have the player he was dreaming of as Bruno Fernandes begins to show his true self at Manchester United.
Red Devils players and fans are lining up to praise the Portuguese playmaker, who arrived from Sporting CP in January.
Sunday saw Fernandes score from the penalty spot in the 3-0 beating of Watford after he notched his first assist for United at Chelsea the weekend before.
Now working in his fifth club and third country in a relatively short career so far, settling down the player and adapting him to the Premier League was always a top priority.
Moving in to his own home and receiving a helping hand in settling from the likes of Andreas Pereira and Diogo Dalot has been a big part of that.
And Juan Mata believes Fernandes’ enthusiasm to get to know his new colleagues is playing a vital role.
The Spaniard told United’s website: “Bruno is a very good player, we all know that, and a very nice guy also.
“We have been in contact a lot. He speaks Spanish mixed with Portuguese which is not very different. So he’s a good guy and I think he’s settling in very well.
“He’s found his place in Manchester [to live] and also with the help of Fred, Andreas and Diogo he’s enjoying it. They’ve helped him a lot.
“Hopefully he can help us in this second part of the season and I’m sure he will because he’s a quality player.”
The Red Devils have suffered from a lack of leaders in recent seasons with emerging players not consistently stepping up to the plate.
And this is another department where £67million signing Fernandes can become a very useful acquisition.
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United journalist Andy Mitten has reported of the midfielder being no shrinking violet in the dressing room, where he is confident giving his opinion in clearly spoken English.
Whether Solskjaer brings him into the fray for a first Europa League start at Old Trafford on Thursday remains to be seen.
Much of the team’s good work of recent weeks will be undone if Club Brugge can dump United out having drawn 1-1 in Belgium – a game in which Fernandes was named on the bench.
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